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Since 1996, more than 100,000 motorists have purchased Critical Habitat license plates, generating more than $19 million to support land conservation through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Plates are available for Passenger Automobiles at all Minnesota Deputy Registrar locations statewide.
For all Critical Habitat plates, a minimum $30 donation (beyond your annual registration fee) is mandatory. Your contribution helps the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources purchase critical resource lands and improve habitat for fish, wildlife and native plants. Larger donations are accepted.
Plates are available in all eight designs with the disability parking symbol for qualified applicants:
You are encouraged to renew registration at the same time that you apply for a plate. This eliminates the being charged the $30 contribution at the time of application and a renewal occurring within 12 months.
Plates may be transferred to another vehicle of the same type owned by the applicant for a $5 fee.
Registration Tax - Tax varies by vehicle, refer to the Registration Tax Page.
Contact your local Deputy Registrar for assistance in determining registration tax or email DVS at DVS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Plate Fee: $12.50
Plate Transfer: $5
Note: A $30 minimum contribution due at time of initial application and at each registration renewal.
Refer to License Plate Fee Page or contact DVS at (651) 297-2126 for more information on fees.
Minnesota Statute 168.1296
Application for Special Plates (PS2010)
Special Plates Brochure
Digital Plate Technology
In 2008, Minnesota began to transition to digital license plate (DLP) technology. For the past several years, Minnesota has used digital license plate technology to produce the Critical Habitat Loon and Support Our Troops license plates. In 2008, Minnesota began to transition passenger plates to DLP. Eventually, all license plates in Minnesota will be manufactured using the DLP system. Digital License Plates are flat. The license plate numbers produced for the DLP system are black. If you have questions about the DLP system, please contact DVS at (651) 284-3896.
It will take several years to transition all Minnesota plates to DLP. In the meantime, many vehicles will continue to display license plates that are made of reflectorized sheeting applied to steel or aluminum. In most cases the letter and number characters are embossed and are non-reflective.License plates issued to passenger automobiles and dealer license plates are replaced at seven (7) year intervals; all other license plates are issued for the life of the vehicle.
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central OfficeTown Square Building445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164Saint Paul, MN 55101-5164Email:Motor Vehicle DVS.email@example.comPhone:Motor Vehicles: (651) 297-2126Special Plates: (651) 297-3166Digital License Plates: (651) 284-3896Office Locations: (651) 297-2005Assistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
DVS Office Locations