Applications Open for New Striped Bass License Plates

    Posted by MAIA on August 6, 2019

    StripedBassPlatesImageThe Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and MA Environmental Trust (MET) are collecting applications for the new Striped Bass Conservation specialty passenger plate. Once they receive enough orders (at least 750), they’ll deliver the orders to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the plates will be printed. Proceeds will go toward research, education, and protective measures to strengthen striped bass populations. Those who wish to apply must submit a form with a $40 application fee to the DMF.

    How to Apply

    To apply for the Striped Bass Conservation license plate, you will need to complete the application form and return to the Division of Marine Fisheries with a $40 check:

    The RMV will contact you after the plates have been printed, and will instruct you to go to your chosen RMV office to purchase your new Striped Bass Conservation plate. Your $40 payment will be credited toward the purchase price of the new plate.

    How Funds Will be Used

    All proceeds from the purchase of Striped Bass Conservation plates will be administered by MET. They 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 buyer’s contribution to the cause is $40 every two years.  
    • In addition, there is s one-time $20 plate transfer fee if you are turning in one plate for another.
    • Specialty plates are only available for passenger vehicles.
    • For more information please contact the Division of Marine Fisheries at or call Shannon Davis at (617) 626-1621.


    For more information about MA Registry issues, please contact Kathy Cormier, 508-634-7353.


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