Did You Know – Your License Plate Protects Our Coast?
With funding from the Protect Our Coast plate last year, the federation conducted projects from Currituck to Brunswick County:
- Launched Coastal Review Online, a free, daily news service highlighting the coast’s most important issues and news.
- Obtained a state commitment to Low Impact Development (LID) that will reduce stormwater pollution from development projects.
- Distributed 100,000 copies of Our Coast magazine.
- Engaged 2,093 adult volunteers in hands-on activities, resulting in 17,301 donated hours that improved our coast.
- Developed plans for wetland restoration on nearly 20,000 acres in Hyde County with the goal of reopening closed oystering waters.
- Worked with landowners to plant 50 acres of rare and endangered Atlantic White Cedar.
- Engaged 3,313 K-12 students in an environmental education program including wetland nurseries, rain gardens and oyster habitat creation.
- Worked with volunteers to plant 11,000 sea oats to restore dune.
- Graduated seven college students who participated in the Stanback Internship Program from our Coastal Advocacy Institute.
- Conducted a course for 45 elected officials that focused on strategies to help balance environmental protection with economic development.
- Educated 18,066 people through education and outreach programs, including more than 200 public events.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you put the federation plate on all vehicles?
Specialized plates may be purchased for automobiles, trailers and trucks with weight up to 26,000 pounds. Unfortunately, because of plate size, they cannot be purchased for motorcycles.
Can I personalize my plate?
Yes you can, but it is not required. There will be four spaces available for personalization. There is an additional $30 charge for personalization. You may request your personalized plate at any time. If you wish to do so with this application, please remit a check for $60 and list your first three choices on the application.
Can I change my mind?
We hope you’ll always want to support the coast, but should you change your mind, you may go back to a regular license plate at any time.
How much does it cost each year?
- $30 for the special North Carolina Coastal Federation plate ($20 goes to us and $10 to state projects, including highway beautification and Visitors Centers support).
- $20 to $25 annual license fee (price varies from county to county).
- $30 for personalization (optional).
How does purchasing a plate help the federation?
The federation will receive $20 per plate as a contribution, which will be used to support restoration, protection and education projects.
In addition to providing more than $100,000 a year for federation projects, our license plates provide about $50,000 annually to the State of North Carolina for important travel and tourism investments, including handicapped accessibility.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s license plate design was created in 2004 by federation member, Reggie Byrum. Reggie had emailed the federation in October 2003 and told us that he was a graphic designer “obsessed with the coast” and would be happy to volunteer. We contacted him with our need for a license plate design, and he carefully created multiple plate designs from which our committee could choose. The Division of Motor Vehicles requires that organizations receive 300 plate applications and payments before production on the plates can begin. It took a little over a year for us to get the required completed applications. By late 2005 our plate hit the road and the program has been growing ever since.
Reggie Byrum began working for local advertising agencies in 1980, first as a graphic designer then as Art Director and marketing manager. As trends turned toward the internet, Reggie returned to school, received his Certified Internet Webmaster professional certification through Prosoft Corp. and then began his own web design firm, NC Web Pros full time in 2008.
Currently Reggie co-owns and serves as creative director for Pro Image One, LLC, a creative studio that focuses on print and web design for businesses. Reggie resides on the outskirts of Charlotte, but visits his family’s vacation home on Oak Island often and enjoys scuba diving the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”