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Your purchase of our Watch for Wildlife license plate voucher is a transaction between you and Oregon Wildlife Foundation (OWF). For our Watch for Wildlife plate to qualify for production, OWF must sell at least 3,000 vouchers and submit them to the DMV with payment. This proposed specialty license plate is not available for purchase from the DMV until the preliminary 3,000 vouchers are sold. If your voucher is lost, stolen, or damaged, you must contact OWF for a replacement. Your purchase of this voucher is at your own risk and does not guarantee you will receive a Watch for Wildlife plate. If for any reason this proposed Watch for Wildlife plate does not qualify for production, OWF - not the DMV - will refund your money. If this proposed Watch for Wildlife plate qualifies for production, OWF will notify you when you may redeem your voucher with the DMV for your new plates. The sale of this voucher is a source of revenue for OWF. The DMV does not and will not control the means or manner of the sale and distribution of vouchers.

How much does a Watch for Wildlife plate cost?

Please refer to the DMV's different plate guide here.

When will I receive my voucher and Watch for Wildlife plate?

OWF will mail a physical copy of your voucher to you after each batch of 500 vouchers is sold. As outlined by DMV guidelines, when 3,000 vouchers are sold, OWF will send the DMV individual voucher information and the plates will go into production. The DMV will begin the production process, and OWF will send out notification to voucher holders and a press release notifying Oregon residents that the plates are available for purchase.

How do I give a Watch for Wildlife plate as a gift?

To give the Watch for Wildlife plate voucher as a gift, you will need the DMV hard copy voucher (see above FAQ). Sign the voucher as Purchaser and complete the bottom “Transfer of Voucher” section in the name of the person receiving the gift. Be sure that you also sign as Transferor in this section.

Can I customize my Watch for Wildlife plate?

Yes! Like other Oregon license plates, the Watch for Wildlife plate may be customized for an additional DMV charge. Applications for custom plates will be accepted by DMV once the plates go on sale.

Can I transfer my current custom plate configuration to a custom Watch for Wildlife plate?

Yes! You are able to maintain your current custom configuration on a Watch for Wildlife plate for an additional DMV charge. Applications for replacement custom plates will be accepted by DMV once the Watch for Wildlife plates go on sale.

I do not live in or have a registered vehicle in the state of Oregon. Can I purchase a souvenir plate?

Watch for Wildlife plates are only available for passenger vehicles registered in the State of Oregon. Souvenir or sample plates are not available.

How can I secure a low number plate?

Oregon Wildlife Foundation will be auctioning off spots on our VIP list for low number WW 00001 through WW 00020 using eBay (see above Timeline). We will update this web page when we have sold our initial 3,000 vouchers and can announce official time and dates for our low number plate online auctions. The funds generated from the low number auctions will benefit Oregon Wildlife Foundation, whose mission is to conserve Oregon's fish, wildlife, and natural resources. If you plan to participate in our low number auction, please keep in mind that:

  • The bidder must qualify for Oregon registration.
  • The plate has to be issued to a passenger vehicle.
  • You do not need to have previously purchased a Watch for Wildlife voucher to participate in this auction.
The DMV will also send similar letters to winners who have not pre-paid for a voucher. The DMV is not involved in our Watch for Wildlife voucher selling process or any low number plate auctions; but the list of winners will be turned over to the DMV and accounted for in their system. Once the auction is complete, Oregon Wildlife Foundation will provide the DMV with the names, addresses, license, and vehicle information to include on the list. The DMV will handle all tasks related to issuance of the plate, including sending a letter to the “winners” with the fees and application information. To reiterate, Oregon Wildlife Foundation is not auctioning off actual Watch for Wildlife plates, but a chance to reserve a low number plate from 00001 - 00020. Aside from these 20 low numbers, all other plate numbers are first-come, first-served. Oregon Wildlife Foundation and the DMV do not reserve any other plate configurations, only the 20 numbers that Oregon Wildlife Foundation has designated.

Is the Oregon Wildlife Foundation a trustworthy organization?

The Foundation was established by members of the Fish & Wildlife Commission and business leaders in 1981 to receive donations for and provide funding to fish, wildlife, and public access projects in Oregon. We’ve led numerous public fundraising campaigns over the last 38 years including the purchase of the lower Deschutes River and the restoration of Diamond Lake. Throughout we’ve been and will always be a careful steward of the funds we are entrusted with.

Our financial statements are audited annually and posted to our website. Go to www.myowf.org/financials to review.

How will the funds raised by the sale of the vouchers be used?

The DMV has a process by which a new specialty plate is established that includes the sale of 3,000 vouchers. For complete details regarding the creation of a new Oregon license plate go to https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/Pages/Vehicle/plates.aspx. The funds received by Oregon Wildlife Foundation through the sale of vouchers are, by agreement, given to DMV to help underwrite production of the Watch for Wildlife license plate. That won’t be enough to cover all the costs. The Foundation will also need to provide up to $63,000 in additional funds to fully underwrite production of the plate.

Once the Watch for Wildlife plate is in production and available for sale to the general public, how will proceeds from their sale and renewal be used

We have established a Watch for Wildlife Fund to receive monies from plate sale and renewal fees. After we’ve recovered the additional outlay of funds required for production of the plate, the Fund will support projects that help wildlife migrate safely within their range and between habitat patches. Here’s a breakdown of how a plate sale or renewal fee will be allocated: $40 DMV plate fee surcharge to purchaser -$5 DMV fee =$35 to the Watch for Wildlife Fund -$3.50 OWF Fund administration fee =$31.50 for passage and wildlife connectivity projects

How will Watch for Wildlife Fund monies be distributed?

We have a long-established grantmaking program and a Projects committee that reviews requests for funding. The Projects committee will determine how Watch for Wildlife Fund monies are awarded to potential projects using our regular grantmaking process.

How will I know how much money the Watch for Wildlife Fund has received and how it was distributed?

The Foundation already publishes its grant awards, from the prior and previous years, on our website. Go to www.myowf.org/grants for more information. With respect to the Watch for Wildlife Fund, we will publish annually, on the grants page of our website, an accounting of the funds we’ve received from license plate fee and renewal sales and how they were distributed to eligible projects.


What is USB3.1 and USB Type-C?

What is USB 3.1?
USB 3.1 is a new standard defined by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum).
- USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed): merely a renaming of USB 3.0 (theoretical bandwidth of up to 5Gbit/s)
- USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeedPlus): an impact on the transfer speeds (double the theoretical bandwidth of up to 10Gbit/s)
What is USB Type-C?
(1) USB Type-C is a new connector type introduced by USB-IF in the USB Type-C Specification 1.0.
(2) The Type-C connector is a reversible plug-and-play connector for USB devices.
(3) USB Type-C can be applied to the host device, the USB device and cables. How do I know my host device has a USB 3.1 port?
- Please refer to the below connector table to check the USB port of your platform.
For further confirmation, please check the specifications of your host device or seek for the technical support from your host device manufacturer. Can I upgrade to USB 3.1 e.g. by using adapters?
- Yes, you can upgrade your device to USB3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 by an supported add-on card. Is USB 3.1 the same as Type-C?
- No, USB 3.1 is the USB specification, whereas Type-C is merely a USB connector type. Does USB 3.1 always come with Type-C connector?
- There are three types of connectors that comply with USB 3.1, including Type-A (Standard-A), Type-B (Standard-B / Micro-B) and Type-C. Please refer to the below connector table for more information.

Why is the actual storage capacity of the product slightly less than the volume written on the product specification?

All storage products will display a less memory capacity on a computer than stated. The discrepancy is resulted from the way flash memory and hard drive manufacturers calculate the megabyte of memory.
Hard drive manufacturers calculate a megabyte (or 1,000x1,000 bytes) as 1,000KBs, when in fact the correct calculation is 1,024KBs. So, for a 8GB storage device, Windows will calculate it as having a capacity around 7.2GB.
In addition, addlink will save partial memory capacity for firmware, software applications, data storage and maintenance.

Why can't I transfer a 4GB or larger file to my USB flash drive or memory card?

This is due to FAT32 limitation. Files larger than 4GB can NOT be stored on a FAT32 volume. Formatting the flash drive as exFAT or NTFS will resolve this issue. WARNING: Backup your data. Formatting will delete all the data in your device.
SOLUTION 1 - Format in exFAT
exFAT file system that allows a single file larger than 4GB to be stored on the device. This file system is also compatible with Mac.
Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6.6 and higher are compatible with exFAT out of the box. Older operating systems may need a patch installed for exFAT compatibility. NOTE: exFAT file system is NOT compatible with some host devices such as TV, game systems, older operating systems, car stereos etc. Formatting a drive in exFAT
1. Double-click on My Computer.
2. Right-click on the flash drive or memory card, then select Format.
3. In the File System list, click exFAT.
4. Click Start.
5. Click OK to start formatting.
Formatting the device as NTFS will make it unwriteable on a Mac computer. Most Mac computers can read NTFS, but not write.
NTFS is a journaled file system, this creates more read/write activities. Therefore, it MAY decrease life expectancy of your device.
Once the device is formatted as NTFS, you MUST use "Safely Remove Hardware" to remove your device. STEP 1 - Optimize the flash drive for performance
1. Plug in the device to the PC.
2. Open The Computer Management Console
a) Windows 8
b) Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
3. On the Left side select Device Manager
4. On the right side expand Disk Drives
5. Right-click on the flash drive, then select Properties.
6. Click the Policy tab.
7. Select Optimize for performance, then click OK. STEP 2 - Format the flash drive
1. Double-click My Computer.
2. Right-click on the flash drive, then select Format.
3. In the File system list, click NTFS.
4. Click Start.
5. Click OK to start formatting.

How do I fix a Write Protect error?

Write protection errors occur when a flash drive detects a potential fault within itself. The drive will go into write-protected mode to prevent data loss. There is no method to fix this. To verify the issue is related to the flash drive and not your computer we recommend that you try plugging the USB drive into another port on your computer. You should also try the drive on another computer if possible. Note: If using a company computer, ensure your IT department does not block saving files to removable drives.

Why can't my USB drive be recognized by TVs, DVD players or car audio systems?

Here are the system requirements for USB drive:
-Desktops or laptops with working USB Ports
-Microsoft Windows 2000
-Microsoft Windows XP
-Microsoft Windows Vista
-Microsoft Windows 7
-Microsoft Windows 8
-Mac OS 9.0 or later
-Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later

We cannot guarantee normal function of USB drive on non-computer environments. Some devices might not accept NTFS file system, so you may want to check with your media device manufacturer for more information and further support.

How to remove computer viruses from my USB drive?

All computer viruses including stored files will be erased after USB drive is formatted. If the computer virus continues to be rewritten to the USB drive, we would recommend you to scan your computer with a virus scanner. Remove the virus once it is found. To format the USB drive:
Right click on the removable storage device in "My Computer", select "Format," and then click the "Start" button. After the formatting process is completed, please disconnect and then reconnect your USB drive to restore it's functionality.

How to prevent files from being damaged or lost from the USB drive?

addlink suggests that you:
Connecting your USB drive to the rear USB ports of your computer. Try to avoid using an USB hub or an extension cable.
Do not use several USB devices at the same time to avoid any possibility of insufficient power supply.
Making sure that you execute the "Safely Remove Hardware" option before disconnecting the USB drive from your computer.

Why will I get an error message, "Confirm Stream Loss," when data is written to my USB drive?​

When you transfer data stored in a NTFS disk partition to a USB drive that was formatted FAT or FAT32, Windows will prompt a "Confirm Stream Loss" error message. This error message is caused by the "Thumbs.db" file, which is generated by Windows when the partition is NTFS. This issue will not damage the data stored in the USB drive. By deleting the "Thumbs.db" file before transferring data to the flash drive, the error message will be eliminated.

Note: "Thumbs.db" is a hidden file. To display this file in Windows, please go to "Tool" > "Folder Options" > "View." Under "Hidden files and folders," select "Show hidden files and folders."

Why can my USB Drive work on other computers, but not mine?

If the USB drive can work normally on some platforms, but not on yours, then the problem probably lies on your computer system. You may want to try the following steps to solve this problem:

If you had previously installed any USB driver for other device, please remove it first. Have your computer entered safe mode before removing all the unknown devices (Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus Controllers). Restart your computer in normal mode, and then reconnect the USB drive.
If the above steps cannot solve your problem, please upgrade the BIOS settings, and make sure that the USB setting is enabled. Please follow the procedures: enter BIOS > Load Optimized Defaults [Y] > Integrated Peripherals > USB Legacy support [Enable] > Save & Exit Setup [Y].
Reinstall the USB driver on your computer motherboard.
Update the BIOS for your motherboard.

When can I safely remove the USB drive from my computer?

Never remove the USB from a computer when its LED is flashing. A flashing LED signifies that data is still being transferred. Removing the USB during data transmission may cause data loss and/or USB damage. Select the JetFlash hardware icon on the system tray to safely remove your USB.