FAQ

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What is Texas Parks and Wildlife Department?

TPWD is the state agency that manages all of the state parks, wildlife management areas, and state fish hatcheries in Texas. TPWD also oversees resource protection of native species and other natural resources. TPWD's mission is "to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations."

When can I order a Texas Conservation License Plate? Do I have to wait until I get my renewal notice?

You can order the license plate at any time! You do not have to wait until you receive your renewal notice.

When will my license plate be ready?

It will take two to three weeks to get your license plate after you order. The plate will be mailed to your local county tax office, where you can pick up the plate.

Can I put a conservation license plate on a trailer or motorcycle?

Yes, the Horned Lizard, Bluebonnet, Largemouth Bass and White-tailed deer license plates are all available for trailers, travel trailers and motorcycles. The Ducks Unlimited License Plate is available for trailers.

Are my vehicle registration fees included in the price of the Texas Conservation license plate?

No. Fees for your annual registration are not included.

Is the $30 fee charged per year, in addition to the yearly registration fee?

Yes, with $22 of the $30 going to TPWD each year.

Will the expiration date of my regular vehicle registration change?

It could change, depending on how the plate order and the registration expiration months line up. If the registration date is moved forward, you could be charged some prorated fees. You will never lose registration and specialty plate months you have paid for when a new expiration month and year is assigned. TxDMV typically tries to synchronize the plate and registration expiration dates forward, to be able to combine these fees into one renewal bill next year.

What happens when I pick up my new plate?

You will surrender your current windshield validation sticker and receive a new windshield validation sticker. You will also pay your regular annual vehicle registration fee and receive a credit for the remaining time on your previous registration payment. Proof of financial responsibility such as a liability insurance card or policy is also required at this time.

Can I transfer my license plate to another vehicle that I own or might buy in the future?

Plates may be transferred to another vehicle you own with a corrected vehicle registration obtained from your County Tax office.

Can I display a disabled person symbol on my Conservation License Plate?

Yes, you can. To display a disabled person symbol on your license plate, please attach a signed Form VTR-214 to your specialty plate application to show your eligibility for the International Symbol of Access. Turn in both the specialty plate application and the VTR-214 to your local tax office.

What if I have more questions?

Call the TxDMV customer help desk at (512) 374-5010 or 1 (888) 368-4689 or contact Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by filling out the contact us web form.

Can I personalize my Texas Conservation plate?

For an additional $40 you may order a personalized plate of five spaces or less. TxDMV will review each request to ensure that it does not duplicate another plate already assigned.

What are the guidelines for selecting a personalized plate message?

  • Selections may not consist of more than five characters, symbols, or spaces, OR three characters, symbols, or spaces and one silhouette of Texas.
  • Limit of two spaces for punctuation symbols OR one silhouette of Texas.
  • Each square of the selection block may be used to represent one alpha or numeric character, punctuation symbol, or space. The silhouette of Texas requires two selection blocks. Use an asterisk (*) to indicate the Texas silhouette.
  • The only punctuation symbols that can be used are periods and dashes.
  • Selections should be shown exactly as you wish them to appear on the license plate. Selections that contain alterations or erasures will not be considered.
  • A selection that conflicts with the regular license plate numbering system or that has already been issued cannot be approved.
  • The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will notify you when your personalized plate request has been approved. Personalized plate requests will not be processed until this special plate has met the conditions outlined at the bottom of the application (see other side).
  • You may transfer a personalized plate from your current plate to this new plate if it has five spaces or less.

I have the old White-tailed Deer plate and would prefer to have the new, redesigned license White-tailed Deer plate.

As required by state law, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) automatically replaces plates at seven years at no extra cost to be sure the plates maintain safety legibility. If you wait until this seven years is up on your existing plates, you will automatically be sent the new deer plate design by TxDMV at no additional cost.

However, you may opt to replace your plates before the seven year mark in order to get the new White-tailed Deer plate design. To do this, you will need to complete Form VTR-60 (Application for Replacement License Plate(s) and/or Vehicle Registration Sticker Form) and submit it to your local County Tax Assessor-Collector's office. The fee to replace your current White-tailed Deer license plate will be $6 plus a $1 automation fee. TxDMV is required by law to collect this fee which covers the states extra manufacture and postage costs for the new plate.