Saturday, March 7, 2015


The new "Protect Pollinators" license plates are now available at the Virginia DMV!
You can order them here:

Or stop by your local DMV office and order them in person.

It's been really fun and exciting to hear from everyone who has gotten their plates. Some are still on the way- as of today, I haven't gotten mine yet (but my husband has!). Thanks for all the kind words and nice emails and pictures you all have sent! And thanks for hanging in there with me this whole time- for some of you, that meant FOUR YEARS. The last couple of weeks have been really exciting. (I also have to admit that it's exciting to have the DMV handling everything at this point.)

Thanks everyone for your support, and enjoy your new plates!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Official Metal Proofs Are Approved!

I received the official metal proofs of the plate last week, which I will approve and send back to the DMV. It was so exciting to receive this in the mail and see it- for real!- on metal, actual colors, everything.

The colors look a little different than the original design- mainly the mountains. They're a little bolder and a little greener, and that's okay- it looks very environmental this way, plus I think they had to change it a little to make the numbers stand out, or possibly to not be confused with the other VA plate with mountains on it.

No matter the reason, it really does look great in person, and I like the green mountains even more than the blue, personally!

Their best guess is that we'll start receiving the plates in February.

What!? February? WHAT WILL WE DO TIL THEN!?
I know, I know. That was sort of my reaction, too. Apparently the metal that these are printed on isn't just sitting around in some warehouse waiting for awesome artwork to be printed on it (ha, ha). They make it on demand, which takes a while... and the holidays are coming, so coordinating all of the things with all of the parties involved gets complicated because of that. And, lastly, they have to actually go through all of the applications and personalize the personalized ones, etc. etc. Lots. Of. Work.

We've waited this long.... I hope when they arrive you're as excited as I was when I received this one and that they will be worth the wait :)

Thanks for your patience!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blog Idea

I'm thinking about blogging more about pollinators, since right now there isn't much going on with the license plates. I know I've blogged about bees/caterpillars/butterflies lots of times here in the past, but I also mostly used this page for license plate updates. I think I'll keep posting those on the front page, and post a relevant update here, too. But don't be surprised if you start seeing lots of bug posts here from now on :)

About 2 weeks ago, the DMV did ask for the final plate artwork. I emailed them the file, and now it's *sort of* out of my hands. Meaning, they will look over the artwork file and change the colors that they need to change- the standard stuff, like the numbers and word "Virginia."  If there are other edits that need to be made, they will make them, and send me artwork to look over to make sure I approve the changes. I'm not expecting anything drastic! I haven't heard anything back from them yet, but I hope things will get moving along soon.

I can't believe it's almost the end of summer!

Tah-tah for now!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Application Delivery Day!

480 applications in the special new briefcase my wonderful
husband bought me specifically for license plate related stuff :)

Yesterday I was finally able to get a break from my other responsibilities and head down to Richmond with all of our applications. I'll admit the excitement was twofold: The obvious reason of being one HUGE step closer to getting our plates, but also because those applications are out of my hands now and I no longer have to deal with them! 

After three and a half years, I can call that part DONE!

Now that the DMV has real actual proof that we have enough (more than enough- 480, to be exact) applications to fulfill the requirement, they can start working on the artwork. I don't have a timeline for that, but that part of the process couldn't start until they had the applications in hand.

Not much else to report right now, but I'm excited that things can officialy start moving along on their end!! :)