The Bee Friendly License Plate is now a reality in Missouri

Thanks to your support you can now order a specialty license plate that supports beekeeping and bees in the state of Missouri

Keep reading to see how you can order yours today

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bee Friendly License Plate is a special initiative by the Missouri State Beekeepers Association to raise awareness about the importance of bees and support beekeeping activities across the state. This specialty license plate features a beautiful bee-themed design and is available for purchase by Missouri residents.

By purchasing a Bee Friendly License Plate, you are:

  • Supporting local beekeepers and beekeeping education programs.
  • Raising awareness about the critical role bees play in our ecosystem.
  • Showing your commitment to environmental conservation.

The cost of the Bee Friendly License Plate includes:

  • A $15 annual fee from the Missouri Department of Revenue for the specialty plate.
  • Standard vehicle registration fees as determined by the Missouri Department of Revenue.
  • An annual $25 contribution to the Missouri State Beekeeping Association, which supports beekeeping education and conservation efforts. ($50 for two year renewals)

To obtain a Bee Friendly License Plate, you must:

  • Be a resident of Missouri with a vehicle registered in your name.
  • Complete the specialty plate application form (1716) available on the Missouri Department of Revenue website and this website after you click “Sign Up Now”
  • Pay the required fees, including the $15 annual fee for the specialty plate and any applicable vehicle registration fees.
  • Make a $25 annual contribution to the Missouri State Beekeepers Association ($50 for two year registrations).

To obtain a Bee Friendly License Plate, you must:

  • Visit the Missouri State Beekeepers Association Bee Friendly website (this current site) to access the specialty plate application form found after clicking “Sign Up Now” below.
  • Fill out the application form, ensuring all information is accurate and complete and submit it to MSBA (done through “Sign Up Now” form access below.
  • Submit the completed form along with the $15 Missouri Department of Revenue required fees directly to MSBA as well as the $25 annual contribution to MSBA ($50 for two year registrations) and MSBA will forward the form to Missouri Department of Revenue on your behalf (applies only to the first 200 applications). This will provide you with an “Emblem Use Authorization Statement (EUAS)” that allows you to use a Bee Friendly License Plate on your vehicle.
  • Once MSBA has received 200 applications and your application is processed, you will receive your Bee Friendly License Plate in the mail.

Yes, you can personalize your Bee Friendly License Plate with a custom message or combination of letters and numbers. Note that personalized plates may have additional fees and restrictions. Check the Missouri Department of Revenue website for more details on personalization options.

Bee Friendly License Plates may consist of no more than six characters including a dash, or a space, or an apostrophe.

To see what options are available you can use this website link and select any of the samples there are to test different configurations (currently Bee Friendly is not an option to test, but you should be fine using any of the other options limited to 6 characters to search the Missouri Department of Revenue database). You can then fill your selections out on the 1716 form after clicking “Sign Up Now” below.

Initially it may take some time to receive your plates. Before the Missouri Department of Revenue will print the first specialty plates MSBA is required to collect 200 applications and fees. Those individuals who sign up using the “Sign Up Now!” button below will be the first in the state to have these plates. Those that do not will have to wait for a later time for the Missouri Department of Revenue to begin accepting applications directly. They will still need to use this form to receive their Emblem Use Authorization Statement (EUAS) required to be able to use this specialty plate. This may take a considerably longer length of time so you are encouraged to be one of the first Bee Friendly License Plate pioneers in this state and “Sign Up Now!”

Processing times may vary, but typically, you can expect to receive your Bee Friendly License Plate within 6-8 weeks after submitting your application and payment.

An Emblem Use Authorization Statement (EUAS) is a document that certifies your eligibility to obtain a Missouri specialty license plate, such as the Bee Friendly License Plate. It is issued by the Missouri State Beekeepers Association and confirms that you have made the required contribution to support their programs.

The Emblem Use Authorization Statement is required to:

  • Ensure that the funds raised from the specialty plates are directed to the appropriate organization or cause.
  • Verify that applicants have made the necessary financial contribution to the Missouri State Beekeepers Association.
  • Maintain the integrity and purpose of the specialty plate program by ensuring that only those who support the cause receive the specialty plate.

To obtain an Emblem Use Authorization Statement for the Bee Friendly License Plate, follow these steps:

  • Visit the Missouri State Beekeepers Association website and click on the “Sign Up Now!” button below to make your $25 contribution ($50 for two year renewals).
  • Once your contribution is processed, you will receive the Emblem Use Authorization Statement electronically
  • Submit the Emblem Use Authorization Statement along with your specialty plate application to the Missouri Department of Revenue. (For the first 200 applications MSBA will submit the EUAS along with your specialty plate fees and applications for you)

If you have additional questions about the Bee Friendly License Plate, please contact the Missouri State Beekeepers Association or visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website for more information.

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