Post Content

MassRMV in September 2013 is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Special Plate program, established by the legislature as an opportunity for charitable organizations to raise funds through a dedicated license plate.

In recognition of the anniversary, the MassDOT blog is sharing the story of some of the nearly 20 special plates over the next two weeks.

To sign up for a special license plate today, please visit

To learn more about all plates in Massachusetts, please visit

License Plate:  Right Whale & Roseate Tern, Fish & Wildlife, Blackstone Valley

Year Plate Established: 1995, 1995, 2000

Number of Plates on the Road:

Fish & Wildlife: 5,883     Blackstone Valley: 1,983     Whale RW: 17,813     Whale RT: 14,067

Funds Raised for Charity: $611,576- Blackstone     $18,439,304- Environmental Trust, Right Whale

RMV Plate Environmental

Since its founding in 1988 as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust has awarded more than $19 million in grants to organizations statewide for projects that benefit the environment. The Right Whale license plate was first issued in 1994 and in almost 20 years has generated $17 million to support environmental initiatives.

MET plates represent the varied landscapes of Massachusetts. The whale plate features the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale and represents the coastal environment. The Leaping Brook Trout represents the hills and forests of central and western Massachusetts. The Blackstone Valley Mill plate represents the working rivers of the state that were the economic engine of Massachusetts during the industrial revolution. Together, the three plates raise more than $800,000 each year.

With the proceeds from these plates, the Trust makes grants to nonprofit organizations and municipalities for projects benefit the waters of the Commonwealth, including those that assist endangered species, improve water quality, reduce harmful pollutants, restore fisheries, and improve aquatic habitat.

Written By:

Tags: , ,

Recent Posts

Massachusetts Student Receives National Bike Poster Award posted on Nov 30

Massachusetts Student Receives National Bike Poster Award

MassDOT and the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program are proud to announce that for the first time, a Massachusetts student has won the annual 5th Grade National Poster Contest sponsored by Saris. Caleb Piehl of Somerville’s Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School won first place   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Student Receives National Bike Poster Award

North Side Commuter Rail Schedule Implementation Postponed posted on Nov 25

North Side Commuter Rail Schedule Implementation Postponed

  MassDOT and the MBTA announced the recently revised North Side Commuter Rail schedules will not be implemented until spring 2016. The revision of Commuter Rail schedules is a critical element of MassDOT and the MBTA’s efforts to deliver safe, reliable, on-time service to Commuter   …Continue Reading North Side Commuter Rail Schedule Implementation Postponed

Travel Safely for Thanksgiving! posted on Nov 24

Travel Safely for Thanksgiving!

MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead with high traffic volume on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected again this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on the Sunday after the holiday.  Heavy traffic congestion   …Continue Reading Travel Safely for Thanksgiving!