NC Save The Honey Bee specialty license plate

One of the key elements of the team’s awareness project was creating a NC Save The Honey Bee specialty license plate. Revenue from this plate will help fund educational outreach materials and other ongoing expenses related to the Honey Bee Habitat on Grandfather mountain, as well as supporting honey bee research at NC State University. Click for more information about the Grandfather Honey Bee Haven.

Until recently, a specialty plate required a bill to be passed before orders for the plate could be taken. The team’s plate was completed and submitted to Senator Soucek in January of 2014. Unfortunately, the NC senate was not allowing any new bills to be introduced. The new path is to collect all the required orders and then submit them to the DMV. The plate will then be considered as a bill in the NC legislature.

  • The cost for this plate is just $15.
  • The North Carolina DMV requires 500 pre-paid applications before it will consider the initial plate application.
  • These applications must be processed as a single submission with one check. 

To comply with this requirement, applications will be collected by the Watauga County Beekeepers Association (WCBA), combined into a package and submitted to DMV with one check .

We need 500 applicants in relatively short order. DMV has extended the Deadline from Feb15th to April 1, 2015. If you want a honey bee license plate to happen, we need you to…

DOWNLOAD: Download the application found here
COMPLETE: Fill it out COMPLETELY with the required items as listed in this webpage
PAY: Make out the check to WCBA
SUBMIT! Send check and application to address below

WCBA c/o Lyn Soeder
PO Box 93
Todd, NC 28684

Complete this application and mail it along with your check or money order.

. Please help us spread awareness by ordering your plate today.


  • $5.00 from every license plate sale will support Grandfather Mountain Honey Bee Haven and NC State University Agriculture Program.
  • A plate with sequential numbers determined by DMV (standard) can be ordered for $15.00
  • A plate with a personalized message (4 spaces allowed) can be ordered for an additional $30.00.
  • Yearly renewal fees will depend on your choice of plate and other personal property and vehicle taxes.
  • Each application must include the following items:
    • Vehicle must be currently registered & titled in North Carolina
    • Current NC Plate Number
    • Current Driver License Number
    • Year, Model, Make/Body Style of Vehicle the plate will be ordered for
    • Vehicle Identification Number
    • Signature
    • Insurance Carrier Name
    • Insurance Policy Number

You can download a blank application from the DMV website at

Please help us spread the word to family and friends and to anyone else you think might be interested in ordering a plate!

Questions please call Jenny Fitzpatrick at (828) 260-1267