The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is currently pre-selling its new “Freshwater Fishing” distinctive license plate. This tag depicts a largemouth bass, the state’s official freshwater fish, and has up to six spaces for optional personalization. Proceeds from the sale of the tag will support habitat enhancement, aquatic wildlife species protection and restoration, aquatic education, bass genetic research, sport fish disease research and sport fish stockings.

The Alabama Department of Revenue requires that 1,000 commitments are received to ensure that a distinctive license plate has adequate support before it is produced. This process requires the completion of a “Commitment to Purchase” application at your County Probate Office and a $50 fee.  However, for the first 1,000 people to sign up, the fee will either be reimbursed or paid by the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation depending on the method of commitment.

In 2005, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) promoted the “Take a Kid Fishing” license plate, which is still available for purchase at County Probate Offices. Once the new “Freshwater Fishing” distinctive license plate reaches its commitment goal of 1,000, production will begin and the “Take a Kid Fishing” license plate will be retired.

To join the effort to fund aquatic wildlife management and protection by acquiring a “Freshwater Fishing” distinctive license plate for your vehicle, visit For more information, please contact the WFF Fisheries Section at (334) 242-3471.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit

Image courtesy Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)

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