Brook Trout and Bluebird Plates Now Available


​Two new wildlife plates are now available to West Virginia motorists, one featuring the native brook trout and the other the Eastern bluebird. 
"The wildlife plates are a wonderful opportunity for West Virginians to showcase their pride in our state's wildlife," said Scott Warner, 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, however, 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 goes towards the DNR Wildlife Diversity Program to conserve the state's nongame animal species and rare plants, provides 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 plate 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 West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles at 1-800-642-9066 or by visiting the DMV website at and clicking the special plates link.
"It's been a pleasure working with the DNR in putting these two plates together," said Pat Reed, DMV's 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."