Bison License Plates

500 Pre-Order Goal Surpassed!

UPDATE: May 1, 2017
Just a quick update to let our awesome bison fans know that we are in the final stages of getting the bison license plates into production. While we are eager to get the plates in your hands, the process has been in the hands of the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) since February. And it is just that… a “process”, one The Nature Conservancy doesn’t have much control over. Please accept our sincerest apologies from the bottom of our furry hearts for the extended time it is taking to get the plates into production. We are doing everything we can to assist the OTC and will not stop until there is a stampede of bison license plates on the streets of Oklahoma! We will notify all those who pre-ordered just as soon as the plates go into production. Two hooves up for your patience and support!

UPDATE: February 1, 2017
Yahoo! Our goal of collecting the required 500 pre-orders was surpassed with more than 1,000! We are now working to transfer the order process to the state and get the plates into production. We are no longer accepting pre-orders. If you would like to purchase a bison license plate, please sign up below and we will notify you when the state begins accepting orders.


On November 1, 2016, The Nature Conservancy began accepting pre-orders for a bison-themed special interest license plate.

Within less than two months, The Nature Conservancy collected the required 500 pre-orders for a new special interest bison-themed license plate. The Nature Conservancy began accepting pre-orders on November 1, 2016 and set a goal to collect the required 500 within 180 days. The goal was reached on December 29, 2016 and pre-orders were accepted until February 1 with a total of more than 1,000 collected.

“What a great way to kick off the new year… by honoring Oklahoma’s most iconic animal and putting a bison-themed license plate into production,” said Mike Fuhr, State Director for The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. “We are grateful for all the support from our fellow Oklahomans and look forward to seeing the new bison license plates on vehicles throughout the state.”

The Conservancy will continue accepting pre-orders until February 1, 2017. In the meantime, the Conservancy is working with the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) to submit the 500 pre-orders and begin production of the new plate. The plate will soon be available for the public to order via the OTC web site and at tag agencies statewide.

Nearly 15,000 Oklahomans voted for their favorite of eight bison-themed license plate designs in an online contest in September. 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.

The cost of this special license plate is $38 with $20 from each plate benefiting The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

Because 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,” said Fuhr. “And during this time of celebrating bison as our newly-designated national mammal, we felt this would be a great opportunity to generate awareness about the important role bison play in maintaining Oklahoma’s native prairies.”


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As of Dec. 29, 2016, The Nature Conservancy has collected the needed 
500 pre-orders for a new special interest bison-themed license plate.

I pre-ordered a bison license plate. When can I expect to receive my plate?

All pre-orders are now being submitted to the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) for processing and production. There are a number of steps we must complete with OTC and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety before the plates are physically produced. Please expect to receive your plate from OTC within 3-5 months via mail to the address at which this letter was received.

Are you still accepting pre-orders?
We are no longer accepting pre-orders. We are now working to transfer the ordering process to the state of Oklahoma and get the plates into production. If you would like to purchase a bison license plate, please sign up in the yellow box above and we will notify you when the state begins accepting orders.

Where can I order a bison license plate after Feb. 1?
Great question… So glad you asked! The bison license plate will be available to order via the Oklahoma Tax Commission web site soon after Feb. 1. However, we don’t want you to have to go searching the world wide web for it, therefore we are going to make it easy to find. We’ll link straight to it from this web page, which you can access any day, any time for the latest on where and how to order. Additionally, the bison license plate will be available to order in tag agencies statewide within 2-3 months. Keep in mind; special interest plates are printed as they are ordered. So you will receive your plate in the mail approximately one month after ordering at a tag agency.

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. No matter how long you sport the plate, your support is greatly appreciated!

Will I still have to get the new state license plate with the scissortail bird on it and pay the $5 fee?
This is quite the hot topic. The answer is… yes. Whether or not you have a special interest plate such as the bison license plate, you will get the new state license plate with the scissortail bird. And yes, you will still have to pay the state-mandated new plate fee of $5. Wish we could be of help here, but that situation is out of our control.

Will The Nature Conservancy continue to benefit from my annual renewal fees?
Absolutely! Each time you renew, you can sigh a breath of relief knowing you are supporting the conservation of Oklahoma’s majestic prairies, scenic rivers and native wildlife. A portion of each renewal fee ($20) will benefit The Nature Conservancy. Let us go ahead and thank you for your continued support. We hope the bison license plate brings a smile to your face day after day, year after year.

Is the contribution tax-deductible?
You may be able to deduct this from your personal income taxes. You can 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?
This is by far our favorite question! Thank you for asking. The funds will directly benefit the conservation of Oklahoma’s magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity. We will receive the funds generated from the bison license plates sales annually around December/January. At that time, we will select one of our conservation projects here in Oklahoma to receive the funds. How will you know what those projects are year to year? You guessed it, hop online and visit nature.org/okbison. Or better yet, let’s get social – follow us 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. We want to extend a special thank you to the four design firms that helped make this project possible. Thank you Cubic Creative, Staplegun, The Lowe Group and Clover Partners for donating your time and energy to produce the original designs in the contest.

But wait… don’t go. How do I stay in touch with The Nature Conservancy?
You’re stealing our hearts. We thought you’d never ask. We mail communications such as our annual report, field trip invitations and spring newsletter to our members. Become a member and you’ll also get quarterly magazines informing you of our work worldwide. You can join by donating online or calling us at 918-585-1117. Another option is to sign up for our monthly e-newsletters in the form above. We’ll keep your inbox good company and deliver you updates about our work to conserve Oklahoma’s last great places! Or if you happen to be socially inclined, become our virtual friend at facebook.com/nature.ok or twitter.com/nature_ok.

Because of your pre-order support, we will soon see bison roaming the streets of Oklahoma! Quite possibly the only time we hope to see such a thing!


WHY BISON?
Because 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 during this time of celebrating bison as our newly-designated national mammal, we felt this would be a great opportunity to generate awareness about the important role bison play in maintaining Oklahoma’s native prairies.


ONLINE DESIGN CONTEST
Voting for the contest was held online August 24 - September 7, 2016. Below are each of the designs in the original contest.

Design A - by Cubic Creative - WINNING DESIGN
Design by Cubic Creative.
Design B - by Clover Partners - SECOND PLACE
Design by Clover Partners.
Design C - by Staplegun
Design by Staplegun.
Design D - by The Lowe Group
Design by The Lowe Group
Design E - by Cubic Creative
Design by Cubic Creative
Design F - by Clover Partners
Design by Clover Partners
Design G - by Staplegun
Design by Staplegun
Design H - by The Lowe Group
Design by The Lowe Group

HAVE YOU HERD?

The Conservancy is working towards reintroducing a bison herd to the Arbuckle Plains at Oka’ Yanahli Preserve! Learn more about this big bison news!


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