License Plate Program Changes Are you one of the thousands of Texans with a Friends of Big Bend National Park license plate? If so, you can now renew your plate online or at your county DMV office. You can also purchase new plates using the same website. Click here to renew your plates or make your purchase today. A new window will open to the TxDOT website. While these new changes will make renewing or purchasing your plates easier than ever, it also means that the state is no longer forwarding the name and address of FBBNP license plate holders to our office. When you renew, please let us know with a phone call or email, so that we can keep you on our newsletter and events list. And THANK YOU for helping and promoting Big Bend National Park! BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK SPECIALTY PLATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR MOTORCYCLES The Chihuahan Desert wilderness of Texas is displayed on a specialty license plate available to the public. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) offers a motorcycle version of the Big Bend National Park License Plate. "These new license plates provide an opportunity to promote the Big Bend area and will help to encourage even more visitors to enjoy the beauty of Big Bend National Park. In addition, proceeds from this special plate will benefit Friends of Big Bend National Park in their efforts to protect this wonderful natural resource for generations to come," said State Senator Frank Madla. The Big Bend National Park License specialty plate displays an Agave bloom against the backdrop of Casa Grande Peak and a blue sky. The image is located on the left side of the plate, with the words "Big Bend National Park" running across the bottom. The Big Bend National Park motorcycle license plate is available to motorists for a $30 annual fee, plus $40 if personalized, in addition to regular vehicle registration fees. Of the $30 annual fee for the Big Bend National Park specialty plate, $22 is credited to an account administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the improvement and preservation of Big Bend 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Applications for the Big Bend National Park specialty plate are available at county tax offices, on TxDOT's web site (www.dot.state.tx.us or www.myplates.com), or by calling the TxDOT Help Desk at (512) 465-7611. For a view of the plate and ordering information, go to (www.dot.state.tx.us/vtr/spplates/allplates.htm).