The ATC receives $20 for each North Carolina specialty A.T. plate purchased and renewed. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has raised over $820,000 thanks to NC A.T. license plate holders.
The first of the A.T. specialty plates, the plate in NC, was made possible by the years of work contributed by New Bern, N.C. attorney and the ATC member Clark Wright who initiated this vision and worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition. His work was made possible through the help of hiker and State Senator Joe Sam Queen of Waynesville, N.C. who sponsored the legislation which created the tag, and the invaluable information and assistance provided by Kay Hatcher of the Department of Motor Vehicles Specialty Tag Office in Raleigh, N.C.
Apply for Your A.T. Plate
Cost: It costs $30 for a regular Appalachian Trail plate and $60 for a personalized version; these fees are in addition to the regular North Carolina motor vehicle registration fee. The ATC receives $20 for each plate that is purchased and renewed, and the other $10 is spent by the state through the Special Registration Plate Account which funds visitor centers and wildflower highway beautification projects.
Free Membership: As a thank you for purchasing your tag, we are pleased to give you a free one-time annual membership which includes an ATC decal, patch and membership card, A.T. Journeys (a bimonthly magazine of the ATC) and discounts at the Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store. Information on redeeming your membership will arrive in the mail with your license plate.
If you are not currently a member of the ATC, we'll set you up as a new member to our organization. If you are a current member of the ATC, you can take your free membership in the form of a gift membership for a friend or family member.
Registration is easy! Sign up by visiting: North Carolina DMV website and searching for “Friends of the Appalachian Trail” (ATC).
For more information about tax deductions, please contact a tax specialist or the IRS.
North Carolina A.T. License Plate Grant Programs
Each year ATC awards grants to organizations and individuals to help fulfill ATC’s mission within the state of North Carolina and along its common border with Tennessee. To date, $204,321 in grants has been awarded. CLICK HERE for a historical summary of the grants and how they have benefited the A.T.
For the 2015 grant cycle, $30,000 is available for a broad range of A.T.-related projects. Completed requests are due by Jan. 9, 2015. Individual grant requests may not exceed $5,000. For guidelines or to apply CLICK HERE. To download the grant application, CLICK HERE.