Native Brook Trout License Plate

To order the a native brook trout license plate, visit DMV’s website. Under the “Choose a Plate” section, select Native Brook Trout from the list of Custom Plate options. 

In 2013, the General Assembly authorized the creation of a special license plate to promote the Native Brook Trout, with all proceeds from the sale of this plate going to fund public access to and habitat protection of Brook Trout waters in the state!

As North Carolina’s only native trout, the Brook Trout is the official freshwater fish of our state and is near and dear to so many. Numerous generations grew up hearing about “specks” (the name often used locally), while many anglers travel to the mountains to fish and create their own stories (approximately 149,000 anglers fished the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters in 2014, which generated close to $383M for the state’s economy).  

Brook Trout generally exist in cold, clean mountain streams above 1,500-feet in elevation; however, most populations of wild Brook Trout are in streams over 3,000-feet in elevation.  The funds generated from the sale of this special license plate will support projects to conserve Brook Trout (e.g., replace barriers to fish movement or reduce sedimentation impacts) and provide angling access (e.g., pursue property acquisition).


100% of all proceeds of the sale of the native brook trout license plate are used for brook trout habitat and fishing access.