Big Bend License Plates
MORE THAN Twenty Years of Giving to Big Bend National Park
In 1997 the 75th Texas Legislature authorized the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to issue a specially-designed license plate depicting a familiar landmark or image of Big Bend National Park. The cost of this plate, over and above the normal registration fee, is thirty dollars ($30). Of this amount, twenty-two dollars ($22) is designated to benefit Big Bend National Park. The first plates were ordered in early November of 1997 and began arriving at County Tax Assessor-Collector Offices throughout Texas in mid-January 1998.
As one might expect, the vast majority of purchases have been in the major metropolitan centers of Texas. However, citizens throughout all regions of the state have also purchased license plates. It is not uncommon for a family to purchase two, three or even four sets of plates, thus outfitting all its vehicles with this striking symbol of support for the park. If you have not seen one on a vehicle, be on the lookout! If you would like to purchase one, simply click here to be taken to the website for the Texas Department of Transportation where you can purchase your Big Bend license plate and even add a personalized message.
Many individuals who have purchased plates have also added a personalized message. In various ways these mirror the owners' unique experience at, or special feeling about, Big Bend National Park. Have you seen any of these plates? Perhaps you're the proud owner of one and only you know the secret message it conveys. And should you happen to see PETEG (Former Congressman and current Sul Ross President Pete Gallego) in your travels, thank him for the part he played in the opportunity to exhibit your pride in and support of Big Bend National Park.