Osprey License Plate Supports Environmental Education

Sign up for Rhode Island’s specialty “osprey” license plate!

Join the more than 2,000 Rhode Islanders who are demonstrating their support for environmental education with the osprey specialty plate!

The plate fee is $42.50, with $20 of that going directly to funding environmental education programs at Save The Bay and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Demonstrate your love for Rhode Island wildlife, and take pride in helping connect kids with the outdoors, by ordering your specialty plate from the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles today!


Is my vehicle eligible for a specialty “osprey” plate?

If you can say YES to all of the following, then you are eligible for an Environmental Education license plate:

  • My vehicle is registered in Rhode Island
  • My vehicle has five digits or fewer*
  • My vehicle is a regular passenger vehicle**

*If you have a six-digit plate, you may get a five-digit plate from the DMV. Before submitting the Environmental Plate Order Form, go to the Pawtucket DMV with your six-digit plates, registration and proof of insurance. For a fee, the DMV will issue you a five-digit, numeric license plate.

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Can I keep my current R.I. license plate number?

    Yes. When you switch to the Osprey license plate, your current number is transferred to the new plate.

  2. What if I currently have a 6-digit plate?

    Because of the Osprey license plate artwork, only plates with 5 characters qualify.

  3. If I have an Osprey license plate and it’s gotten damaged, can I get the plates replaced?

    Yes. Visit the Rhode Island DMV specialty plate page, and follow the same process and payment process you did the first time!

  4. How much is the Osprey license plate and where does the money go?

    The plate fee is $42.50: $22.50 pays for the production of the plates, $20 supports environmental education programs at Save The Bay and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

  5. Do I get charged every year for the new plate?

    A $10 fee will be added upon renewal of your registration to continue your support of environmental education. You will also need to pay your registration fee every two years to the DMV.

  6. How long will you be issuing Osprey plates?

    Osprey license plates have been issued since 2008 and plan to continue to do so for the foreseeable future!

  7. Do I have to live in Rhode Island to get an Osprey license plate?

    You must already have a car registered in Rhode Island to get a plate.


*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.