Massachusetts Striped Bass Conservation License Plate

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the MA Environmental Trust (MET) developed this plate to support new programs to research, protect, and preserve striped bass populations, ensuring that future generations of anglers have the opportunity to experience the unmatched thrill of fishing for this iconic species.

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Overview

Newly designed specialty license plates must meet a 750-minimum threshold of pre-orders to go into production and become available at the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). DMF and MET collected pre-orders for the striped bass license plate during the latter half of 2019, reaching the threshold by the end of the year.

Expectations are that it will take an additional 6 to 8 months in 2020 to manufacture and distribute the plates to the RMV. Once ready, applicants will be contacted by the RMV and instructed to go to their chosen RMV office to pick-up their pre-ordered license plate. The applicant’s $40 payment will be credited towards the purchase price of the new plate.

How to apply

Pre-orders are no longer being accepted for the Striped Bass Conservation plate. Any pre-order applications sent to DMF after January 14, 2020 will be returned to the sender. By fall of 2020, any Massachusetts motorist will be able to obtain this conservation-inspired plate directly through the RMV.

How license plate funds will be used

All proceeds from the purchase of Striped Bass Conservation plates will be administered by MET. The MET will depend on the expertise of a select panel to establish priorities and recommend projects for funding. This panel will include DMF's striped bass stock assessment scientists, an academic researcher, an environmental advocacy organization representative, a recreational fishing representative, and a commercial fishing representative.

Funds from the sale of this plate will be used to:

  • Study striped bass populations, stock structure, movements, and local ecology
  • Improve passageways for sea-run fish (e.g., river herring, eels), expanding forage food options for striped bass
  • Study angler practices to improve hook-and-release survival
  • Develop materials and programs to educate anglers about the importance of responsible angling strategies

Additional registration information

  • Registrations must be renewed every two years.  
  • A normal passenger plate costs $60 every two years. But a specialty passenger plate, such as the Striped Bass Conservation plate, costs $100 every two years.
  • This means the plate buyers contribution to the cause is $40 every two years.  
  • In addition there is one-time $20 plate transfer fee if you are turning in one plate for another.
  • Specialty plates are only available for passenger vehicles.

Questions

For more information please contact the Division of Marine Fisheries at marine.fish@mass.gov or call Shannon Davis at (617) 626-1621.

Contact

Phone

Fax

(617) 626-1509

Address

251 Causeway Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
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