The Task Force gets a license plate.

While news is breaking of organizations across Montana losing their license-plate programs, we’re happy to report that our design has been finalized and that the Friend of the Gallatin plate is now available at MVD offices across the state. Locally, you’ll be able to purchase your FOG plate in Bozeman or Belgrade.

While registration renewal is the standard time people change plates, you needn’t wait! You can change your plate at any time and with 80+ organizations losing their plate programs with new state laws going into effect, now is as good a time as any to upgrade. We need to keep 400 plates in circulation in order to maintain this crucial fundraising outlet.

The FOG license plate is a great way to show your support for the river year-round. Now, every time you’re parked at a put-in, turn-out, or other fishing access, your friends and neighbors will know your priorities lie with watershed conservation.

The proceeds from plate sales help support our mission to lead conservation and inspire stewardship of the Upper Gallatin River Watershed. We’re dead-set on keeping the Gallatin clean and clear for future generations, and organizational sustainability is required for organizational success.

Getting a new plate is easy:

Step 1: Gather the documents necessary for changing your plate, including your registration and driver’s license.
Step 2: Head to the closest MVD office. From Big Sky, the closest are about an hour away in Bozeman and Belgrade.
Step 3: In Bozeman, go to Courthouse. If you’re simply getting a standard FOG plate (no customizations), go straight to the door near the south end of the building (room 102), closest to Main Street. If you’d like a vanity plate, take a number from room 104 and wait in line.
Step 4: Fill out the necessary paperwork. The whole process should take less than 30 minutes. The $30 specialty fee goes straight to us.
Step 5: Sit back and feel good knowing you supported a clean and healthy Gallatin River.

As mentioned earlier, Montana recently passed a law revoking specialty-plate programs that haven’t sold more than 400 tags. We want to be sure our program never runs into that problem. If you love the Gallatin, help us keep our tags on the road by purchasing your FOG plate today.

If you have questions about the plate program, please contact director of development Ryan Newcomb.

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