License Plate Dollars


Want to see your license plate dollars at work?

Park staff has begun initial improvements at the Fossil Bone Exhibit site, thanks to the generosity of our Big Bend license plate holders.
In addition to the newly installed picnic tables under the new shade ramada near the Fossil Bone Exhibit parking lot off 365, there are also restroom facilities. The temporary exhibit space has also been updated, providing a peek at what is to come. Through license plate dollars the Friends have paid for revised signage to improve the interpretation of the area, as well as a site plan to completely overhaul the area and create a new and lasting exhibit appropriate to Big Bend’s major fossil finds.

The Big Bend License Plate Program

The Big Bend National Park license plate program was passed by the state legislature in 1997. It is an important way the Friends of Big Bend National Park reach out to new members and help the Park. Over 9,900 plates have been purchased since the program’s inception, providing more than $475,000 of support to the Park. Projects funded by the license plate program include a digital video camera, two brush trailers, replacement of viewing room equipment at the RGV Visitors Center, a flora study in the Dead Horse Mountains and the Persimmon Gap Entrance Station. The wide range of these projects reflects the diverse unmet needs of the park that this program directly addresses. If you’re a Texas resident, please consider purchasing these beautiful plates for vehicles and receive a free one-year membership to the Friends of Big Bend National Park. To redeem your free membership, just contact us at fbbnp or 432-207-2202 with your name and address so that you will be kept informed of special member events and activities in the Park and major Texas cities.  The state does not let us know who purchases our plates, so please do drop us a line! Applications for the Big Bend National Park specialty plate are available at county tax offices, on TxDOT’s web site ( or, or by calling the TxDOT Help Desk at (512) 465-7611. More information on the program is available here.