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Applications Being Accepted for New Red Drum License Plate

— Note: The Division of Marine Fisheries is no longer accepting this application. —

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for a newly-approved North Carolina license plate that pays homage to the state’s saltwater fish.

Red Drum was officially adopted as North Carolina’s state saltwater fish in 1971.

The new plate features an illustration of a red drum against a background of sea grass. The top of the plate reads, “RED DRUM” and the bottom reads “NORTH CAROLINA.”

The cost is $30 for a regular plate or $60 for a personalized plate per year in addition to the regular license plate fee.

Download an application for the red drum plates here.

Revenue from the sale of red drum plates is earmarked to fund public access to and habitat protection of red drum waters.

Sometimes called channel bass, spottail bass, red fish and puppy drum, red drum is an important species to both recreational and commercial fishermen in North Carolina. Since red drum use a variety of estuarine and oceanic habitats throughout their life cycles, habitat protection is important to maintaining and enhancing the red drum population.

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will not produce the red drum license plate unless 500 paid applications are received prior to July 1, 2015.

The red drum tag is the twin of a new native brook trout license plate that features the state’s freshwater fish. To apply for native brook trout plates, see the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/NativeBrookTroutLicensePlate.aspx.

Both plates were designed by Jon Jicha, a professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. More information about the artist can be found at http://jonjicha.com.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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