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Reserve your NC Paddle License Plate Today!

Support paddle sports in North Carolina by purchasing a NC Paddle License Plate

Artistic rendering.  
Actual Plate design may change depending on DMV requirements.

To reserve your paddle sport tag today....

  • Send in applicaton with money to Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc.
  • Once we have 300 reservations DMV will print the plates.  If we are unable to reserve 300 plates all money will be refunded.
  • Send your completed application along with payment to the FHBI.

    Make checks payable to: Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc.

    P.O. Box 1861

    Swansboro, NC  28584

Commonly Asked Questions

Can you put the 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 paddle sports, 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 N.C. Paddle ($20 goes to Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. 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 paddle sports?

Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. will receive $20 per plate as a contribution, which will be used to support its educational, conservation, and other programs in support of paddle sports in North Carolina.

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