You have seen the Yosemite license plate throughout California with its beautiful representation of Yosemite Valley. But did you know Yosemite Conservancy is the beneficiary of the license-plate program? Buying a specialty plate is a great way to show the world your love of Yosemite, while supporting projects that enhance the visitor experience for the four million people who visit Yosemite each year.
Proceeds Go to Yosemite National Park
When California drivers purchase or renew Yosemite license plates from the Department of Motor Vehicles, $20 from each transaction goes to support Yosemite Conservancy’s programs and projects in Yosemite National Park. The Conservancy allocates 100 percent of the funds directly to specific projects that protect the park, enrich the visitor experience and provide a margin of excellence for public land preservation. In addition, funds collected through the license-plate program provide for projects that are beyond the funding resources of the National Park Service.
Each year, the National Park Service in Yosemite provides the Conservancy with a priority list of projects where funding is needed. For example, funding from the specialty license-plate program has been used on the following projects:
- Improving the approach to Yosemite Falls, including a new trail system, habitat restoration, new picnic areas, interpretative displays and more
- The Junior Ranger program for children, which encourages a love of the outdoors, national parks and healthy lifestyle through ranger-led activities
- Refurbishing overlooks with major renovations of iconic viewing areas, adjacent trails, parking and educational information. Locations include Tunnel View, Half Dome Overlook and Olmsted Point
Get Your Own Unique Plate Today
More than 46,000 California motorists show the world they love Yosemite whenever they drive their vehicles. You can join them! Ordering your new Yosemite license plate is fast and easy via the California Department of Motor Vehicles website.
While you travel around proudly displaying your Yosemite plate, you will also smile knowing Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service are using your fee to protect and preserve your favorite national park for future generations.
Learn more about the Conservancy’s specialty license plate program.
Ready to Purchase a Plate? Visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Already Own a Plate? Buying One Today? Email the Conservancy to let us know!
Please note that the DMV license-plate online application process works best using Microsoft Internet Explorer, and the online application process does not function in some other browsers (Google Chrome and Firefox).