About 97 percent of the Wildlife Resources Division's work with wildlife is supported largely by fundraisers, grants and direct contributions. No state appropriations are allocated for our work involving quail. Wildlife tag sales and renewals are the main source of local funds.
Bald Eagle Plate
Buying a bald eagle or a ruby-throated hummingbird plate supports Georgia’s Wildlife Conservation Fund. Established by state law, this fund benefits endangered and other wildlife not hunted or fished for and rare native plants through conservation, education, land acquisition and recreation projects. Renewing these and the older eagle plates also supports this work. These plates make up more than half of all contributions to the Wildlife Conservation Fund, providing vital funds the division’s Wildlife Conservation Section has used to conserve wildlife such as gopher tortoises and bald eagles, and help acquire thousands of acres of wildlands open to Georgians.
Bobwhite Quail, White-tailed Deer and Wild Turkey Plate
Georgia’s bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer and wild turkey plate, as well as the older quail-and-deer plate, contributes directly to the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, which has created critical habitat for quail nesting, feeding and cover. This program has positively affected more than 20,000 acres for quail, songbirds and other native animals and plants that depend on this habitat.
Trout Unlimited Plate
Each purchase or renewal of a Trout Unlimited license plate supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. These efforts affect trout production, stocking and stream restoration throughout North Georgia.
DNR wildlife plates cost only $25 more than a standard “peach” plate to buy or for annual renewal. For all of Georgia’s license plates, including standard tags, there is also a $20 registration fee each year, plus applicable ad-valorem taxes.
For plates, $19 of each purchase and $20 of every renewal goes to help wildlife. For the Wildlife Resources Division plates, as much as 80 percent of the fee is dedicated to the programs that need this support.
Check out these wild tags at your county tag office or online (listed under "Special interest: Apply through county tag office").
Buy a Wildlife Tag—It’s Easy!
At your county tag office:
- Ask for a wildlife plate—an eagle, hummingbird, quail-and-deer or trout designs.
- Pay the fee. Wildlife plates cost only $25 more than a standard peach plate.
- Receive a temporary tag from the county (specialty plates are usually not stocked).
- 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
Wildlife plates can be renewed online in most counties, or at your local tag office.
Renewing a wildlife tag costs only $25 a year, plus the standard $20 registration fee and applicable ad-valorem taxes.
Can I keep my current tag?
Yes. You can renew it every year, as usual.
If you want to change to another wildlife plate, you can buy the design of your choice for $25. The annual renewal will be the same.