The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has six license plates, each funding a different conservation program.
Five of these plates (Wildlife 1: Bald Eagle, Wildlife 2: Trout Unlimited, Wildlife 3: Bobwhite Quail Restoration, Wildlife 4: Butterfly, and Marine Habitat) cost $45 each year, as set by current legislation.
But that's only $25 more than the standard plate! ($20 is a standard charge applied to all plates.) 80 percent of that $25 fee goes directly to wildlife programs ($19 the first year, $20 with every renewal). Only $5 goes to the State of Georgia General Fund.
One (Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Plate) is a standard specialty tag. It costs $80 the first year, then $55 each year to renew. Note: the $25 manufacturing fee (part of the $80) is a one-time charge.
How to Buy
Customers must purchase or renew tags from the Department of Revenue.
If you are a customer who is already a registered Georgia driver, you can renew your tag through the DRIVES online e-services site below.
If you are a customer who is not already a registered Georgia driver, please call or visit your local tag office.
Ask for a wildlife license plate at the tag office window. In most cases, you will be issued a temporary plate in the office, and your license plate will be mailed to you after your visit. A few tag offices have wildlife license plates in stock. If the office is having trouble finding the tag, they can search for the License Plate Code, listed below.
Current License Plates
The Wildlife Resources Division’s Wildlife Conservation Section specializes in conserving endangered wildlife, other wildlife not hunted or fished for, and rare native plants. The Wildlife Conservation Section’s focus includes animals such as bald eagles, gopher tortoises, indigo snakes, and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Funds from this license plate, as well as the Bald Eagle and American Flag plate, go to Georgia’s Wildlife Conservation Fund, which was established by state law for this work. In addition to supporting conservation, education, and population monitoring and restoration efforts, these funds help acquire thousands of acres of wildlands open to Georgians. Renewing the older eagle and ruby-throated hummingbird plates also supports this work.
License Plate Code: WD
Georgia’s bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer and wild turkey plate, as well as the older quail-and-deer plate, contributes directly to the Bobwhite Quail Initiative which has created critical habitat for quail nesting, feeding and cover. No state appropriations are allocated for our work involving quail. This program has positively affected more than 20,000 acres for quail, songbirds and other native animals and plants that depend on this habitat.
License Plate Code: BW
The “Support Fish Habitat” specialty license plate was rolled out in 2017 to provide additional funding for the Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Unit of Coastal Resources Division. Funds raised through the sale of his unique plate are used in coastal conservation to enhance and restore oyster reefs, provide more fish habitat through artificial reefs offshore and construct nearshore artificial habitats in Georgia’s tidal rivers and creeks. The plate features a Red Drum, the state saltwater fish since 2006, and was designed by Cobb County graphic designer Omar Murcia. By purchasing this eye-catching license plate, you are providing funding for CRD marine biologists to deploy more oyster shells, more artificial reef materials like New York City subway cars, and provide more opportunities for fishing and SCUBA diving.
License Plate Code: NR
The Trout Unlimited license plate supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. The trout tag has funded stocking trucks, trout feed, equipment, raceway enclosures, and hatchery seasonal labor. Wild trout have benefited from habitat improvements, sampling equipment and seasonal labor hired through funds provided by this tag. Additionally, trout map printings and satisfaction surveys funded by the trout tag have provided better customer service for Georgia’s anglers.
License Plate Code: TU
The Wildlife Resources Division’s Wildlife Conservation Section specializes in conserving endangered wildlife, other wildlife not hunted or fished for, and rare native plants. The Wildlife Conservation Section’s focus includes animals such as bald eagles, gopher tortoises, indigo snakes, and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Funds from this license plate, as well as the Georgia Aster and Monarch Butterfly plate, go to Georgia’s Wildlife Conservation Fund, which was established by state law for this work. In addition to supporting conservation, education, and population monitoring and restoration efforts, these funds help acquire thousands of acres of wildlands open to Georgians. Renewing the older eagle and ruby-throated hummingbird plates also supports this work.
License Plate Code: WL
Funds from the sale of this tag will go to further the operations of the Law Enforcement Division in its mission to conserve our natural resources and protect the people served by the Division. The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. The LE Division also administers the state's hunter education and boating safety programs. Game Wardens investigate violations of wildlife laws, as well as hunting and boating incidents. Wardens also conduct classes and programs to educate citizens about wildlife laws and safety practices.
License Plate Code: LR
If you're a duck hunter or a conservation enthusiast, one of the easiest ways to help ensure the future of the sport and places you love is to display a Georgia Ducks Unlimited license tag on your vehicle and help fund habitat conservation efforts right here in Georgia! These plates are available upon request at all DMV offices in Georgia. Funds generated through sales and renewals are required by law to be used for wetlands conservation projects within the state of Georgia.
License Plate Code: DU