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Get Your Humane State License Plate!

Now’s your chance to own a custom designed Humane State License Plate courtesy of our design contest winner, Kelly Q of  High Technology High School!
1. Download the form below
2. Email completed form to lp@lesniakinstitute.com
In order to start printing the Humane State License Plate, we need to get 750 commitments to purchase a Plate by April 1st!

749 More Commitments Needed!

The law (A-2197) provides for the creation of a Humane State license plate. The plate will be designed to display the words “HUMANE STATE”. Surplus fees will be deposited into a special fund known as the “Humane State License Plate Fund.” The proceeds of the fund are to be annually appropriated to the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey (AWFNJ) to be used to provide grants to county societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals for their shelter and care.

About the Contest

The Humane State Essay Contest: The essay contest has ended. Thank you to all who participated! Our winners are listed below.

The Humane State Design Contest: The design contest has officially ended. Humane State License Plates will be for sale at all NJ DMVs in the beginning of 2019. Sign up for our email list below to be alerted when plates are available for purchase.


In partnership with The Animal Welfare Fund of New Jersey and the NJCAR Foundation, the Lesniak Institute’s essay contest encourages participation by New Jersey students in elementary, middle and high school. The goal of this contest is to inspire students to use their  writing skills to promote the need to protect animals from cruelty and to save animals from extinction.

Design Contest

The Humane State License Plate Design Contest is officially over. We received 146 designs from 21 New Jersey k-12 schools. Thank you to all of those who have been a part of this contest.

First Place

Kelly Q.
High Technology High School
Age 15

Second Place

Cristiana D.
William F. Holloran School
Age 14

Third Place

Katarina K.
Cumberland Regional High School
Age 14

Essay Contest

2018 Essay Contest Winners

Annie Z.
High Technology High School
Age 16

Farhan M.
Crossroads North Middle School
Age 13

Sarah R.
Memorial Middle School
Age 14

Jamie D.
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
Age 11

Adam C.
Mainland Regional High School
Age 16

Riley C.
Memorial Middle School
Age 14