ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fans of Minnesota's parks and trails will soon be able to wear demonstrate that passion on their car or truck.

A specialty license plate benefiting state parks and trails will be available starting Thursday, Dec. 1, at Driver and Vehicle Services offices statewide. The plates provide their owners with unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for the year, meaning they won't need a $25 vehicle permit for access. Proceeds from plate sales will benefit Minnesota state parks and trails.

The cost of the new plates will start at $60, plus tax. This total includes a one-time $10 fee for the plate itself and a minimum $50 contribution, which is renewable annually.

“Purchasing the new license plates will be a great way to show everyone on the road that you ‘go the extra mile’ to support Minnesota state parks and trails,” said DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Erika Rivers.

The plate features an image of a canoe on the water, surrounded by Minnesota’s four seasons. Designed by Michelle Vesaas of Coon Rapids, it was chosen from among 80 submissions as the winning entry in a contest that took place earlier this year in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the DNR unveiled the winning design on July 6.

For more information on the parks and trails plate or any of nine other specialty habitat plates available, visit the DNR website or contact the DNR Information Center at or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.