Critical habitat license plates

License plates to choose from

Click on images below to learn more about each plate.

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New - now available!

The new pheasant plate is an adaptation of the 2007 Minnesota pheasant stamp by renowned Minnesota artist Joe Hautman. License plate revenue will be used, in part, to support pheasant and other grassland species through Minnesota Prairie Plan habitat acquisition.

Pheasant - NEW!

Now available!

Loon Plate

Common Loon

Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, is more at home in water than on land. It serves as a symbol of the natural resources Minnesotans consider important - clean air and water. The loon's haunting and beautiful calls can captivate even the most casual outdoor enthusiast. Occurring from the Canadian border south to the Twin Cities, Minnesota has more loons than any other state in the U.S. except Alaska. Funds derived from the sale of critical habitat license plates are used by the Department of Natural Resources' Nongame Wildlife Program to help protect and manage loons and other wetland wildlife.

Common Loon

Chickadee Plate


The black capped chickadee was voted as Minnesota's favorite bird in a contest sponsored by the DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program. There are many qualities that endear this little bird to Minnesotans. It is a constant companion in forests, backyards, and woodlots throughout the state as it chirps its familiar "chicka-dee-dee-dee" call. Even on the coldest days of winter, when other birds have moved on to warmer climates, the hardy little chickadee is still visiting backyard feeders for suet and sunflower seeds.


Lady Slipper Plate

Showy Lady Slipper

Minnesota's state flower, the Showy Ladyslipper, is a showstopper among our native wildflowers. It is one of Minnesota's 43 native orchids and it is probably the most well known. With its large but delicate pink and white blossoms, many flower enthusiasts consider it the most beautiful of all flowers in Minnesota. Minnesota's critical habitat matching fund can help preserve habitats that include the Showy Ladyslipper. The use of the Showy Ladyslipper as a new conservation license plate design is a reminder that the Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to preserving the state's biodiversity and to managing natural habitats for all of Minnesota's wildlife and native plants.

Showy Lady Slipper

Fishing Plate


Fishing attracts 1.4 million licensed anglers to Minnesota's 11,842 lakes every year and one out of every five Minnesotans fish. Minnesota ranks fourth among states with the highest number of anglers, boasting the largest percent of resident anglers at 28 percent. In Minnesota fishing creates 43,812 jobs and generates $350 million in federal tax revenues and $342 million in state and local tax revenues, according to ASA's Sportfishing in America Survey.


Deer Plate

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer are Minnesota's most abundant and popular big game animal. With a population approaching one million, Minnesota whitetails can be found near river bottoms and farm woodlots in agricultural areas, and in aspen/birch forests of the north. An important part of maintaining high deer populations is providing proper habitat, which the DNR purchases with funds from the Critical Habitat License Plates.

White-tailed deer

Deer Plate

Classic Deer

The previous White-tailed deer plate will be available until supplies run out. This plate currently adorns about 30,000 Minnesota vehicles.

Classic deer

The Critical Habitat Plate was created in 1995 to provide an opportunity for citizens to contribute a nominal amount to conservation of Minnesota's natural resources, and show their commitment and individuality with a special vehicle license plate. The critical habitat plate replaces the standard Minnesota license plate on your vehicle.


Contributions help preserve our natural resources

New Critical Habitat License Plate

New Critical Habitat License Plate

Show everyone you care about our state's natural resources by proudly displaying Minnesota's conservation license plate. With an annual contribution of $30 or more to the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Critical Habitat Program, you will be helping to preserve important wildlife habitat and plant communities such as wetlands, prairies, old growth forests, and endangered orchid sites.

Additionally, contributions over $30 go towards buying and managing important natural habitats, which are preserved as public lands. These lands are open to compatible public use, like hunting, hiking and wildlife watching.


Order a Critical Habitat Plate today!

You purchase one right now - you don't have to wait until your registration is due!

Order a new license plate in one of three ways:

  1. Fill out an application and bring it with you when you renew your license tabs.
    Download application

  2. Mail the completed application to:
    Minnesota Department of Public Safety-Driver and Vehicle Services Division

    Attention: Special Plates Unit
    445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-0164
  3. Call Driver Vehicle Services - Department of Public Safety at 651-297-3304.

Thank you for your continued support of critical habitat!



Call Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) - Department of Public Safety at (651) 297-3304.

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