Get involved in helping protect Florida's natural springs.


Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon. Photo by John Moran.

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon. Photo by John Moran.


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Rapid population growth, uncontrolled urban development, and a taxing demand for
groundwater is causing the physical decline of Florida's natural springs at an alarming rate.
Restoration and active protection is critical to their survival. Nature lovers, unite!

Express your state pride while helping support its natural treasures:
purchase or renew a Protect Florida Springs license plate!

Protect Florida Springs specialty plate.

Or purchase one at your local Tax Collector's office!

Proceeds from Protect Florida Springs plate sales provide funds for small grants which support ongoing community based initiatives aimed at springs restoration, protection, and springs-related education around Florida. Eligible applicants include grassroots springs support organizations, research institutions,
and agencies that manage springs throughout the state.

Gilchrist Blue Springs, Blue Springs Park. Photo by John Moran.

Gilchrist Blue Springs, Blue Springs Park. Photo by John Moran.

Three Ways to Purchase a Plate:

  1. Buy a plate via an online vendor at
  2. Renew your existing “Springs” plate online through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website
  3. Visit your local Tax Collector's office in person

The $25 fee collected when you purchase your Protect Florida Springs license plate goes directly to the Springs Endowment Fund, managed by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, which funds springs research, education, protection, and conservation throughout Florida.

NOTE: If purchasing a plate at your local Tax Collector's office, you will need the following documents:

  • Vehicle registration or renewal notice
  • Proof of insurance
  • Identification, if paying by check
Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River. Photo by David Schrichte.

Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River. Photo by David Schrichte.

At the close of 2016, Protect Florida Springs plate sales have funded
over $600,000 in competitive grants for springs research, outreach, 
and education in the state of Florida.

The Making Of A Plate

In 2007 the Florida legislature enacted a bill (Statutory Authority 320.08058, enacted 10/1/2007) which in part created the “Protect Florida Springs” license plate. Florida’s Springs are severely threatened due to pollution resulting in decreased water quality, development of shorelines and recharge areas, erosion caused by increasing human use, and in particular, reduced water flow as a consequence of water extraction for municipalities, agriculture, landscaping, and drinking water. To help offset these growing issues, funds collected through the sale of the Protect Florida Springs plate support a Springs Grants Program, which aids a wide variety of initiatives aimed at springs-related activities around the state. The goal of these efforts is to enhance conservation, protection and management of these valuable resources for the enjoyment of all Floridians and Florida species now, and for future generations to come.

View the Monthly Revenue Collected Report by county and year.

Protect Florida Springs Grants

The Protect Florida Springs Grant Advisory Steering Committee is responsible for guiding the grant process associated with the enabling legislation for Florida’s Protect Florida Springs license plate program.  The grant committee’s vision is to provide a competitive grant program targeting community-based research and outreach projects for Florida’s spring systems that are not otherwise supported by state funding which result in enhanced conservation, protection, and management of these valuable resources.  

Revenue in the Springs Endowment Fund is distributed in the following manner: 

  • A maximum of 10% allocated to administrative costs
  • A maximum of 15% allocated to promotion and marketing
  • A minimum of 55% allocated to funding competitive grants for springs research and education
  • Approximately 20% allocated to community outreach programs aimed at implementing research findings

Learn more about the Protect Florida Springs Grants program.

Green Springs Park, Deltona. Photo by John Moran.

Green Springs Park, Deltona. Photo by John Moran.