Bison License Plate
Oklahoma Bison License Plate Oklahomans are supporting conservation with a Bison License Plate. © Amy Fernandez / TNC

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Bison License Plate

Join the growing number of Oklahomans who are supporting conservation by showing their Okie pride with a Bison License Plate.

Bison License Plate

Join the herd support conservation in Oklahoma.

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Download and complete this bison license plate order form from the OK Tax Commission (OTC) to order yours today. Please allow 8-12 weeks for production and delivery. You will receive your plate via mail from the OTC. The initial registration fee is $38 and annual renewal fee is $36.50.

A portion of the initial registration fee and annual renewal fee ($20) will benefit The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

Why Bison?

Bison play a crucial role in maintaining grasslands. The Nature Conservancy manages 13 herds throughout North America including a herd of 2,500 at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska.

Great herds of bison once roamed the prairies of our nation, including Oklahoma. And this time of celebrating bison as our newly-designated national mammal is a great opportunity to generate awareness about the important role bison play in maintaining Oklahoma’s native prairies.

Oklahoma Bison American Bison (Bison bison) roam and graze the spring © Morgan Heim

Where do the funds go?

Thanks to our members, friends and bison fans statewide for sporting a bison license plate tag. The funds generated from your support have benefited the following conservation projects in Oklahoma!

2018

Funds from 2018 bison license plate sales were used by to conduct critical stewardship and management activities at our J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve, located in the Ozark Mountains of eastern Oklahoma. These funds will enable staff to use prescribed fire as a restoration tool on the landscape, promoting biodiversity and ecological health in this unique system. These funds will also contribute to our rigorous fight against invasive species on the preserve and to help protect and promote native flora and fauna.

2017

Funds from sales in 2017 bison license plate sales went towards building a new barn at Oka’ Yanahli Preserve that was destroyed by a tornado in 2016. Thanks to funding from bison license plate sales, insurance proceeds and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, we now have a larger, more adequate facility. The facility provides a safe place to store and work on stewardship tools and equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I order a bison license plate?

The bison license plate can be ordered at tag agencies statewide or by downloading the OK Tax Commission (OTC) form. Please allow up to 8 weeks for production. You will receive your plate in the mail from the OTC.

Is the $38 fee a one-time or annual fee?

Just like all plates, you have to renew them annually. The initial fee for the bison license plate is $38 and the annual renewal fee is $36.50. A portion of the fee ($20) benefits The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

Will I still have to get the state license plate with the scissortail bird on it?

Yes. Whether or not you have a special interest plate such as the bison license plate, you will get the state license plate with the scissortail bird. 

Will The Nature Conservancy continue to benefit from my annual renewal fees?

Yes! Each time you renew, you help supporting the conservation of Oklahoma’s majestic prairies, scenic rivers and native wildlife.

The OTC form says a portion of the fees will be deposited to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC). Isn’t The Nature Conservancy benefiting from these plates?

Yes, The Nature Conservancy benefits from the proceeds of the plates ($20/each). However, the state first requires that the funds be funneled through a state agency.  

Is the contribution tax-deductible?

You may be able to deduct this from your personal income taxes. Consult with your tax adviser or review the IRS regulations that apply to your situation to determine whether or not a deduction is allowed.

How will The Nature Conservancy use the funding generated from the sales of this plate?

The funds will directly benefit the conservation of Oklahoma’s magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity. Each year, we select one a conservation project in Oklahoma to receive the funds. We share that information at: nature.org/okbison and also on social media at facebook.com/nature.ok or twitter.com/nature_ok.

Who designed this stellar plate?

Hats off to the talented Chris Miller at Cubic Creative for creating this winning design. Four design firms also helped make this project possible. Cubic Creative, Staplegun, The Lowe Group and Clover Partners donated their time and energy to produce the original designs in the contest.

Background

The Nature Conservancy began accepting pre-orders for a bison-themed special interest plate on November 1, 2016. Within less than two months, the Conservancy collected the required 500 pre-orders. The goal was reached on December 29, 2016 and pre-orders were accepted until February 1 with a total of more than 1,200 collected.

Nearly 15,000 Oklahomans voted for their favorite of eight bison-themed license plate designs in an online contest. With 3,405 votes, the “Pioneers of the Prairie” design by Chris Miller at Cubic Creative in Tulsa was the winning design selected by the public for a new Oklahoma specialty license plate benefiting The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. To seal the deal, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission volunteered to be the state agency host and help funnel the proceeds from plate sales to The Nature Conservancy’s cause.