New Specialty License Plate
Be one of the first to sport the brand-new Minnesota State Parks and Trails specialty license plate and we'll all go far! The license plate provides you with unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for an entire year—no vehicle permit required.
More importantly, you'll be supporting Minnesota's most beautiful places, as proceeds from license plate sales go directly to caring for our Minnesota state parks and trails.
The Minnesota State Parks and Trails specialty license plate goes on sale December 1, 2016.
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Where can I buy the new plate—will it be for sale in the parks?
Beginning December 1, the plate will be available at Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) offices statewide, the same place you go to renew your driver's license and tabs.
It will not be sold in the parks or through the DNR.
My tabs aren't due yet. Can I still purchase the plate?
Yes! You don't need to wait until your registration is due, you can purchase your specialty license plate any time after it goes on sale December 1.
If it is not time in your current license plate's cycle to replace the plate or tabs, you will pay a few additional dollars to switch to a specialty license plate. It's your choice—switch now, or wait until you replace your license plate or tabs.
What does it cost, and what will my donation be used for?
The new plate costs $60, plus tax. This includes a one-time $10 fee for the plate itself and a minimum $50 donation which renews annually. If you'd like, you may make an additional donation when you purchase the plate.
Proceeds from the sale of this specialty plate will be used to support the operations and maintenance of Minnesota state parks and trails. This includes any additional donation you may choose to make.
Is it true this plate gives me unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for the year?
Yes! This license plate replaces the need for a Minnesota state parks year-round vehicle permit (a $25 value). The benefit extends each year you renew the plate.
Doesn't the DNR have other license plates too—can I get free state park entry with any of those?
The DNR has nine Critical Habitat license plates » that support conservation.
The Minnesota State Parks and Trails plate is the only one where the proceeds support the operations and maintenance of Minnesota state parks and trails, and it is the only plate that gets you access to the state parks and recreation areas.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
No, your contribution is not tax deductible.
How did you come up with the design for this plate?
In spring of 2016 we held a plate design contest in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. We were looking for an image that captures the essence of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. More than 80 entries were submitted, and the public voted for the top three.
This plate was the winning entry. It showcases Minnesota in all four seasons, and was designed by Michelle Vesaas of Coon Rapids.