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Florida has the only barrier coral reef system in the continental U.S.  Coral reefs provide more then $1.2 billion dollars a year to Florida’s economy through tourism, recreational and commercial fisheries, and by protecting our shorelines by mitigating the effects of coastal erosion and storms.  Sadly, worldwide corals are in decline……….but research can help us understand why and what to do about it, and education and conservation efforts can help reduce human impact on these precious resources. 


As a Florida driver, you can help make research, education and conservation happen. Drive the plate that helps fund research, education and conservation and you’ll be helping preserve Florida’s unique underwater beauty.

When you purchase this plate from your tax collector, $25 goes to support reef research, education and conservation.  And as you drive, your reef plate helps remind other Floridians about this unique Florida treasure. 

To get your “Protect Our Reefs” plate, click here (link opens in a new window)
for a listing of contacts and address information for the offices in your area.

You can also click here (.pdf file) to print a form and order your plate by mail. 

There are two easy ways to renew your tag and get the “Protect Our Reefs” license plate.

  1. Click to get your tag online now.
  2. To renew your tag by mail, please click here to download the renewal form.


Give the gift that helps protect Florida’s reefs … a Reef Plate Gift Certificate.
“Protect Our Reefs” specialty license plate gift certificates are now available for purchase at any Florida local tax collector office, licensed tag agent or state motor vehicle office. Just bring the name and address of the gift recipient with you when you purchase the gift certificate, and a receipt will be provided and a credit will be issued in their name. This gift receipt can be redeemed by the recipient when they purchase or renew their license plate and pay the regular registration fee.  Registrations are renewed on the birth date of the registrant so “Protect Our Reefs” license plates will make great birthday gifts!

Mote’s Protect Our Reefs Grant Program

Proceeds from the sale of the “Protect Our Reefs” license plate come to Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the science of the sea.  Using funds raised from the sale of the “Protect Our Reefs” license plate, Mote is providing grants to organizations around the state to do reef research, education and conservation.  

For more information on eligibility or how to apply for funds through the “Protect our Reefs” grants Program, click here (link opens in a new window)