Brook trout and bluebird wildlife license plates available for West Virginia motorists‏

Updated 3 years ago Edited from a Press Release
Brook trout and bluebird wildlife license plates available for West Virginia motorists‏

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two new wildlife license plates are now available to West Virginia motorists, one featuring a native brook trout and the other an Eastern bluebird. The plates are a joint offering by the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).


Previous wildlife license plates have featured a rose-breasted grosbeak, a white-tailed deer buck, and a black bear with a cub. All have been popular with car owners in West Virginia.


"The wildlife plates are a wonderful opportunity for West Virginians to showcase their pride in our state's wildlife,” said Scott Warner, DNR Wildlife Diversity Program assistant chief. “The artwork is truly amazing, and like the other wildlife plates, these two were done by the late Tom Allen, who worked as a DNR wildlife biologist for 33 years.”


The license plates are more than just decorative. In 1996, West Virginia voters approved a constitutional amendment which earmarked a portion of the proceeds from the wildlife license plate sales to fund West Virginia’s Wildlife Diversity Program.


The cost of each plate is $55 for the first year, with renewal costs for subsequent years at $45. Fifteen dollars of each purchase go toward the DNR Wildlife Diversity Program to help conserve the state's nongame animal species and rare plants, provide educational materials to schools and libraries, develop wildlife viewing areas, and support other programs designed to educate the public about the state's wildlife resources.


Customers may exchange their current license plates at any DMV regional office or by mail at the time of renewal. Additional information about the new wildlife plates is available by calling the DMV at 1-800-642-9066 or by visiting the DMV web site at and clicking the special plate’s link.


“It’s been a pleasure working with the DNR in putting these two plates together,” said Pat Reed, DMV Commissioner. "I may be a little biased, but I truly believe that the brook trout and the bluebird plates are the most detailed plates we have ever done. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way they turned out and the cooperation we have had between our two agencies.”

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