Logo graphic for the Coastal Resources Division
Marine Habitat License Plate

Georgia’s Marine Habitat License Plate 

We Did It! We Reached the Goal!

1,000 pre-orders for the Marine Habitat License Plate featuring a Red Drum! Thank you to everyone that pre-ordered and a special thanks to the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia for getting us over the hump by purchasing the final 250 plates!

If you pre-ordered a license plate, a letter from the Motor Vehicles Division will be mailed to you next week (the week of April 17th). Once you receive that letter, you can take it to your local tag office to claim your Marine Habitat Plate featuring a Red Drum! The tag code will be NR in case the tag office asks. OR, you can hold the letter until your renewal comes up. Your choice!

For everyone that wished they had pre-ordered, the tags should be available for purchase in tag offices beginning the week of April 24th. CRD will be communicating with the tag offices to make sure they are aware of the tag’s upcoming availability.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this tag a reality!

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.