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Marine Habitat License Plate

Marine Habitat License Plate Pre-Order

Georgia’s Marine Habitat License Plate 

During the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, members of the Coastal Conservation Association spearheaded an effort to get coastal legislators to amend Georgia law to authorize a new specialty motor vehicle license plate.  Representative Alex Atwood of St. Simons Island and Senator Ben Watson of Savannah shepherded House Bill 736 through the legislative process, and Governor Deal signed it into law during May.  A portion of the proceeds from sale of this plate will fund marine habitat enhancement along the Georgia coast.

How much will it cost?

The license plate will cost $25 in addition to the regular tag fees.

Where does the money go?

The first year $19 will go into the marine habitat enhancement fund, $1 will go to the issuing tag office and $5 to the state treasury.

The second year and every year after $20 will go into the marine habitat enhancement fund and $5 to the state treasury.

What will the money be used for?

Funds from sales of this license plate will be used in combination with Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration and donations from businesses, private individuals, and conservation groups such as the Coastal Conservation Association to enhance habitats used by a variety of marine species.

Potential projects include:

Oyster reef creation

Construction of man-made fishing reefs along the shorelines of Georgia’s tidal rivers and creeks

Construction of man-made reefs in the Atlantic Ocean

Learn more about these habitat enhancement projects

Click the links below to learn more

Offshore Artificial Reefs

Inshore Artificial Reefs

About the Artist 

Omar Murcia is a Cobb County graphic designer with over twenty-four years of professional design experience working with clients like CNN, TBS and Coca Cola. Murcia's design was chosen via an online poll July 2016 and garnered more than 52% of the votes. This is actually his second winning license plate designed for DNR.  In 2013, online voters chose Murcia’s design of a soaring bald eagle for the plate that supports work of the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section. 

Check out the other DNR Wildlife License Plates 

Buy a Wildlife Tag – It’s Easy!

 At your county tag office

1. Ask for a wildlife plate .

2. Pay the fee. Wildlife plates cost only $25 more than a standard peach plate. The total cost is $25 for the plate, plus the standard $20 registration fee you will pay for any tag and any applicable ad-valorem taxes.

3. Receive a temporary tag from the county (specialty plates are usually not stocked).

4. Watch the mail for your wildlife tag. It can arrive as soon as within a week!

 

When buying a car:

Many Georgia car dealers offer the option to purchase a tag when you buy a vehicle. Simply ask them to upgrade you to a wildlife tag when you're asked what kind of tag you want!

 

Renewing Your Wildlife Tag

You can renew at your county tag office or -- in most counties -- online. 

Renewing a wildlife tag costs only $25 a year, plus the standard $20 registration fee and applicable ad-valorem taxes. In almost all counties, renewals are timed to coincide with your birthday.