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Steve S. eagle plate testimonial

“I support nature and saving Wisconsin’s wild spaces for our kids to enjoy. My eagle plate makes it easy for me to do that!” - Steve S., Madison

Melody W. eagle plate testimonial

“I absolutely LOVE my Endangered Resources license plate. I had it personalized to identify my passion. It also serves double duty to promote the eBird website essential in citizen science to help birds.” – Melody W., Washington Island

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For information, please contact:
Lisa Gaumnitz
Communications specialist
Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation

Endangered resources license plates

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SNA crew conducting prescribed burn.

Your purchase of an Endangered Resources license plate helps protect and restore Wisconsin's rare wildlife species and habitats. The $25 annual donation you make to keep the plate is critical for this important conservation work. It helps pay for rare species work not eligible for the grants that provide the bulk of funding.

Choose from two great plates: our new bald eagle design and the classic wolf design.

eagle license plate wolf license plate

How to get your new Endangered Resources license plate

To apply, complete and mail WisDOT Form MV2858 [PDF] to the address listed on the form.

New $25 license plate rebate offer

We’re offering a $25 rebate for new plates from Dec. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2020. That means you’ll get an Endangered Resources plate at the great introductory price of only $15, the amount the Wisconsin DOT charges to issue the plate. In subsequent years, it will cost $25 to keep the plate, money that goes to the Endangered Resources Fund.

Print and fill out the rebate form [PDF] and send it along with your WisDOT form MV2858. DOT will send you your new license plate and DNR will send you a rebate check. Allow up to six weeks for processing.

Frequently asked questions

Read the FAQ below for more information about the Endangered Resources license plates.

When and where can I buy the ER license plate

You can buy a bald eagle or wolf design plate at any time from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. No need to wait for your renewal notice, or until your existing plate wears out. However, making this switch during registration renewal is most economical because DOT retains your original registration date. Thus switching plates in the middle of your renewal cycle may mean you are asked twice in one year for the $25 dollar donation.

Download and fill out Form MV2858 [PDF] and mail it in or fill it out at the DMV customer service center near you. The plate will be mailed to you by the Department of Transportation.

How much does the Endangered Resources plate cost?

$25 annual donation

The ER plate provides for a $25 annual donation to the Endangered Resources Fund that pays for work to protect rare plant and animals and state natural areas. Your total bill, however, depends on where you are in the renewal cycle and if you want to customize your tag plate.

Additional fees

For all license buyers with current registrations, there is a $15 issuance fee that goes to the Department of Transportation on top of the $25 donation. So for most people, buying the eagle plate will cost you $40 overall.

If you buy an eagle plate at the same time you renew your registration or within 3 months of your renewal date, you will pay the regular $75 annual car registration fee (more for trucks and other vehicles qualifying to use special plates) and the $40 on top of that.

Once you have your ER plate, it’s important to know that your renewal rate will thereafter reflect a $25 annual donation to the Endangered Resources Fund until you discontinue your use of the plate. If you choose to have a personalized message on your new plate (1 to 6 letters and/or numbers), you will have an additional $15 annual fee added to your renewal.

How do I know if my registration is within 3 months of renewal?

See when your registration is up for renewal by looking on the registration card you receive and are required to carry in your car.

How will my $25 donation be used?

Your $25 donation to the Endangered Resources Fund is tax deductible if you itemize on your taxes. It pays for staff for DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation program (formerly called Endangered Resources) and activities to protect and restore native plants and animals and state natural areas. Our annual report shows how DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation staff carry out this responsibility, which includes caring for 70 mammals, 56 species of frogs, turtles and snakes, ~ 2,400 plant species and more than 100 distinct natural plant communities.

To meet this responsibility, Natural Heritage Conservation staff work with citizens, private landowners and businesses to count, locate and manage nongame species and plants; provide regulatory protection to endangered and threatened species; provide annual funding to nature centers, conservation organizations and others to help them build their capacity to engage volunteers to collect data to help NHC priority projects; acquire, designate and manage a system of natural areas that protect the very best remnants of Wisconsin’s distinct natural communities and provide refuge for native species. Staff also work with private landowners to provide technical and financial assistance to help them manage their land to preserve and restore native species.

Have more questions that we didn't cover?

See the DMV's frequently asked questions webpage for more information on fees or if you want to change from the wolf or badger ER designs to the eagle design.

Last revised: Friday December 13 2019