Low-Digit Surf Tag Auctions


Another Chance to Snag a Low-Digit Surf Fishing Tag is coming up at the Delmarva Outdoor Expo!

Live Auction
April 28
at the Delaware State Fairgrounds

On Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m., head over to the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware for the opportunity to bid on select low digit surf tags! For more information, visit www.delmarvaoutdoorsexpo.com

Two tags will be auctioned on each day. Friday’s auction will take place in the Dover building during the gun auction. Saturday’s auction will take place during the boat and RV auction.
 The following tags will be up for auction:

  • Choice of 1001 – 5000 (Excludes 1212, 1357, 1480, 1510, 1546, 1873, 1972, 2222)
  • Choice of 5001 – 9999 (Excludes 5050, 5888, 6209, 8858, 9999)

What about the surf fishing sticker or decal that goes on the plate?
The surf fishing sticker or decal allows the vehicle owner to drive onto designated Delaware State Park surf fishing beaches in order to surf fish. The decal must be purchased cost of an annual surf fishing permit is dependent on the buyer's age and state of residence. For information about surf fishing on Delaware State Park beaches, click here.

Can the plate be sold or transferred to someone else?
Yes. There will be a one-time transfer fee of $72 (the same amount DMV charges for transfer of low-digit black and white tags).

Do I have to be a Delaware resident to buy a low-digit surf plate?
No. Residents of other states who are eligible for a Delaware surf fishing permit are permitted to purchase and use low-digit tags. However, as part of the legislation that created this program, owners of vehicles that are not registered in Delaware may only purchase and display tag numbers 201 and above. Surf-fishing license plates numbered 200 or below may not be purchased for or displayed on any vehicle registered outside of Delaware, even if the plate is not used for free entry to Delaware state parks or surf fishing, or if it was purchased or received from a third party.

Do I have to purchase a black and white low-digit surf plate?
No. This is a purely optional program; our standard numberless blue-and-white surf fishing plates will continue to be available.

If I have a plate on the front of my vehicle not issued by Delaware State Parks (black enamel plate from eBay, vanity plate, etc.), can I use that as my surf tag instead, as long as it has a current surf fishing decal on it?
No. The surf fishing decal that you receive when you buy your permit must be placed on either a numbered low-digit surf plate or on one of the standard numberless blue-and-white surf fishing plates issued by Delaware State Parks. You're welcome to display old plates on the front of your vehicle, but for your surf fishing permit to be valid, the decal must be affixed to one of these two approved plates.

When will number XXX be sold?
Further information regarding specific numbered plates, and other sales or auctions will be announced throughout the year.

What happens to the money generated by selling the tags?
This program was created by the 147th General Assembly through House Bill 348, which authorized the Division of Parks and Recreation to auction off low-digit surf tags, with the proceeds benefitting the Division. All funds will go to Delaware State Parks to help defray the cost of park operations.