An alternating pattern of sample bison license plates in pink with a bison on them and monarch plates with a blue background, yellow sun rays, and an orange and black monarch.
OK Speciality License Plates Supporting conservation in style with a speciality bison or monarch license plate. © TNC

Stories in Oklahoma

Support Conservation in Style

Join the growing number of Oklahomans who are supporting conservation by showing their Okie pride with bison and monarch license plates.

This page was updated on August 27, 2020.

Order Your License Plate

Download and complete the bison or monarch order forms from the OK Tax Commission to order your license plate today. Please allow 8-12 weeks for production and delivery. You will receive your plate in the mail from the OK Tax Commission.

The initial registration fee is $40.00 and annual renewal fee is $36.55. A portion ($20) of the initial registration fee and annual renewal fee will benefit The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

Download License Plate Order Forms

Why Bison? Why Monarchs?

Bison play a crucial role in maintaining grasslands. The Nature Conservancy manages 13 herds throughout North America including a herd of 2,500 at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska. Great herds of bison once roamed the prairies of our nation, including Oklahoma. And this time of celebrating bison as our newly-designated national mammal is a great opportunity to generate awareness about the important role bison play in maintaining Oklahoma’s native prairies.

In the last decade, due to habitat loss and other factors, monarch butterfly populations have plummeted at an alarming rate. The Nature Conservancy works to save the monarchs by conserving critical pollinator habitat throughout Oklahoma and teaming up with a broad range of groups including farmers, ranchers, tribes, residents, government agencies, businesses, gardeners, artists and municipalities. Additionally, The Nature Conservancy is a founding member of the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative, a statewide group of 40+ organizations and citizens working together to ensure thriving monarch migrations for generations to come.

A bison leans it's head in close the camera's lens.
American Bison Camera trap triggered by a curious bison on the prairie at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. © Morgan Heim
An orange, yellow and black monarch with its wings closed feeds from a white flower.
Monarch Butterfly These amazing creatures migrate through Oklahoma all the way to Canada and back each year. © Charles Larry

Where Do the Funds Go?

Revenue from the bison license plate benefits a variety of The Nature Conservancy's conservation in Oklahoma, while revenue from the monarch license plate benefits our efforts to raise awareness about the monarch and increase pollinator habitat throughout the state.

2019 - Funds from the bison license plate sales were used to initiate a climate-informed management and restoration project at our Pontotoc Ridge Preserve in the Arbuckle Plains of south central Oklahoma.  These funds were used to prepare the property for the use of prescribed fire, which will promote native species and ensure that this unique property and the species that depend on it will thrive under future climate conditions.

2018 - Bison license plate sales were used to conduct critical stewardship and management activities at our J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve, located in the Ozark Mountains of eastern Oklahoma. These funds will enable staff to use prescribed fire as a restoration tool on the landscape, promoting biodiversity and ecological health in this unique system. These funds will also contribute to our rigorous fight against invasive species on the preserve and to help protect and promote native flora and fauna.

2017 - Funds from bison license plate sales went towards building a new barn at Oka’ Yanahli Preserve that was destroyed by a tornado in 2016. Thanks to funding from bison license plate sales, insurance proceeds and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, we now have a larger, more adequate facility. The facility provides a safe place to store and work on stewardship tools and equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I order a license plate?

The bison and monarch license plates can be ordered at tag agencies statewide or by downloading the OK Tax Commission form - see download links above. Please allow up to 8 weeks for production. You will receive your plate in the mail from the OK Tax Commission. 

Is the $40 fee a one-time or annual fee?

Just like all plates, you have to renew them annually. The initial fee for the bison and monarch license plates is $40 and the annual renewal fee is $36.55. A portion of this fee ($20) benefits The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

Will I still have to get the state license plate with the scissortail bird on it?

Yes. Whether or not you have a special interest plate such as the bison and monarch license plates, you will still get the state, standard license plate with the scissortail bird. 

Will The Nature Conservancy continue to benefit from my annual renewal fees?

Yes! Each time you renew, you help support the conservation of Oklahoma’s majestic prairies, scenic rivers and native wildlife.

The OK Tax Commission form says a portion of the fees will be deposited to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Isn’t The Nature Conservancy benefiting from these plates?

Yes, The Nature Conservancy benefits from the proceeds of the plates ($20/each). However, the state requires that the funds be funneled through a state agency.  

Is the contribution tax-deductible?

You may be able to deduct this from your personal income taxes. Consult with your tax adviser or review the IRS regulations that apply to your situation to determine whether or not a deduction is allowed.

How will The Nature Conservancy use the funding generated from the sales of this plate?

The funds will directly benefit the conservation of Oklahoma’s magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity. Each year, we select one a conservation project in Oklahoma to receive the funds. Check back on this page to see project results!

Who designed these stellar plates?

Hats off to the talented Chris Miller at Cubic Creative (bison) and Rick Sinnett of Mustang (monarch) for creating these winning designs. Cubic Creative, Staplegun, The Lowe Group, Clover Partners, and Bold Multimedia donated their time and energy to produce the original designs in the contest.