License Plate Design Contest
Congratulations to Michelle Vesaas for her winning design!
After a statewide design contest and a week of online voting, Minnesotans selected Michelle's design to be featured on the first ever Minnesota State Parks and Trails license plate.
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The design features an image of a canoe on the water, surrounded by Minnesota's four seasons of outdoor beauty.
Left to right: artist Michelle Vesaas, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Parks and Trails Director Erika Rivers
Purchasing the new plate
The new license plate will be available in the fall of 2016.
Individuals who purchase the plate make an annual contribution that will help fund operations and maintenance of Minnesota state parks and trails. The license plate also gives you unlimited entry to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for the year!
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When can I purchase the new plate?
The new license plate will be available from the Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services Division in the fall of 2016.
Can I purchase the plate before my vehicle registration is due?
Yes! You don't need to wait until your registration is due to purchase the plate.
What does it cost?
The new plate costs $60, plus tax. This amount includes a one-time $10 fee for the plate itself and a minimum $50 contribution which renews annually. (If you'd like, you may make an additional contribution when you purchase the plate.)
What will my contribution be used for?
Your contribution goes to a special state fund used to support the operations and maintenance of Minnesota state parks and trails.
Will the plate give me free entry to any Minnesota state park or recreation area?
Yes! The plate replaces the need for a vehicle permit (a $25 value). The benefit extends each year you renew the plate.
Can I get free state park entry with a critical habitat plate?
No, you must have a parks plate to get free entry to a state park or recreation area.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
No, your contribution is not tax deductible.