Thousands of Oklahoma drivers are representing our state’s wildlife and helping fund conservation with their purchase of a specialty license plate.
“Purchasing a wildlife conservation license plate is an easy way to identify as a wildlife enthusiast, and a portion of the fee goes directly to the Wildlife Department to help fund nongame conservation projects,” said Jena Donnell, information specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
For each plate sold, $20 of the $38 specialty plate fee ($36.50 for renewals) will be used to monitor nongame wildlife populations and allow for research and surveys of species of greatest conservation need. License plate sales also provide for wildlife-watching events like the Selman Bat Watch each summer and the Hackberry Flat Monarch Watch Program in the fall. The Wildlife Department does not receive general state tax appropriations.
“We have nine great hunting, fishing or wildlife-watching designs,” Donnell said. “Our most popular designs include the deer, scissor-tailed flycatcher and largemouth bass." Other plates in the wildlife conservation lineup include the Texas horned lizard, quail, turkey, mallard, striped bass, and trout designs.
Applications for a personalized or pre-numbered conservation plate are available online or at your local tag agency. Allow 6-8 weeks for renewals and original pre-numbered plates. The specialty plate fee is in addition to the annual vehicle registration fee.