The California Line Of License Plates That Helps The Environment

Vanity plates are nothing new.  Drivers have been “supporting law enforcement,” displaying “proud veteran” status and creating clever names like “2FST4U” for years.  Well, if you happen to live in California you can select some vanity plates that will not only turn heads but will also give something back to the environment.

Here are 5 California license plates that help spread the word regarding the drivers’ support of conservation efforts in the state.

Whale Tail

If you elect to slap this whale tail plate on the back of your vehicle all fees you pay will support the California Coastal Commission, but the entity responsible for protecting California’s ocean and coastal areas. The California Coastal Commission sponsors an annual Coastal Cleanup Day, and supporters can take advantage of Adopt-A-Beach programs. Purchases of the Whale Tail license plate will go toward supporting habitat restoration, beach access and marine conservation.


Proceeds from the CalAgPlate purchases go toward the California Department of Food and Agriculture and its funding of agriculture education. So far, the CalAgPlate purchases have generated over $200,000 for agriculture students and teachers.

Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe License Plates not only look great, but 96% of the sales from the plates go toward developing trails and preserving and restoring natural areas. The California Tahoe Conservancy works toward preserving and improving water quality, forest health and wildlife.

Yosemite National Park

Proceeds from the Yosemite license plates go toward the Yosemite Conservancy, which will promote trail health, habitat restoration and wildlife for the 4 million visitors to Yosemite National Park each year.

1960s Legacy Plate

These replica plates are throwbacks to the 60s original issues. All fees support the Environmental License Plates Fund. The organization supports numerous conservation efforts, including air pollution reduction studies, work towards endangered animal and plant research, and environmental education.

If you don’t happen to live in California, don’t worry. With a little research, you can find plenty of license plate options in your own state that will go toward the funding and support of conservation efforts.