Contact(s): Drew Feldkirchner, DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Director, 608-235-3905
August 6, 2019
MADISON - More Wisconsin car owners renew their vehicle registrations in August than any other month, making it a great time for people to consider switching from a standard license plate to an Endangered Resources plate that helps fund work to keep Wisconsin's rare species from vanishing and its state natural areas pristine.
People making the switch keep their same registration renewal date but commit to paying an extra $25 annually that is a tax-deductible donation to the Endangered Resources Fund.
"Endangered Resources license plates are a great way to show your love for nature and help fund important conservation work," says Drew Feldkirchner, who directs DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation staff charged with protecting and restored rare and native species and state natural areas. "You're helping keep endangered species from vanishing while making your car look great!"
Endangered Resources license plates come in two designs: a bald eagle design unveiled in fall 2015 that uses a full-plate photograph of our nation's symbol, and a wolf design, introduced in 1995 and featuring a drawing of a gray wolf. A badger design is no longer available for sale but motorists who currently have the badger plate can continue to display that plate on their car.
"Wisconsinites' donations to the Endangered Resources Fund through their license plates and tax returns are critically important for endangered species and state natural areas," Feldkirchner says.
"We are grateful for everyone who has supported Wisconsin's Endangered Resources in this way, and we encourage others to switch to an Endangered Resources license plate so we can do more great work together."
Plate sale revenues and other donations have helped keep hundreds of rare plant and animal species from vanishing from Wisconsin and have helped restore bald eagles, trumpeter swans, osprey and more to Wisconsin skies, land and waters.
Details on getting an Endangered Resources license plate
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Local DMV customer service centers do not have Endangered Resources license plates for immediate issue but can process applications and the plates are mailed.
Vehicles qualifying for the Endangered Resources license plates are:
You can buy Endangered Resources license plates at any time from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. However, it is most economical if you buy the plate at the time you renew your registration and you may renew your plate up to six months early. Nearly 340,000 car owners renewed their plates in August in 2018, the month with the most automobile registration renewals.
That is because the initial cost of getting the plate is $40, $15 of which goes to the DOT for the plate itself, and the $25 donation to the Endangered Resources Fund. If you switch plates at renewal time, you get use of the ER plate for the full 12-month period. If you switch in the middle of your renewal cycle, you could pay the $25 donation twice in a calendar year that first year because your renewal date remains the same.
To learn more about Endangered Resources license plates and the conservation work they help fund, visit dnr.wi.gov and search "ER license plate."