License plates

Important information

  • Vehicle and vessel licensing offices can’t perform transactions on Saturday, December 10.
  • Some vehicle and vessel online services, like tab renewal, won’t be available December 7-12 while we update our system.
  • On December 12, 2016, we’ll begin using a new vehicle and vessel computer system.
  • In the days following the launch of our new system, you may experience longer than usual wait times.

Learn more: DOL vehicle licensing system will be down on December 10 for system replacement (

Get new license plates

Learn how to get new plates or transfer a car or motorcycle into your name.

Replace your license plates

Find out how to replace your plates, and what to do with the old ones.

Transfer plates to another vehicle

Bought a new car or motorcycle and want to keep your current license plates?  Find out how.

Special plates

Personalize your license plate or get a plate with a special background design.

For military personnel

Find out about license plates, temporary permits, and tax exemptions available to military personnel and their families.

Off-road vehicles

Learn how to license your wheeled all-terrain vehicle (WATV) or modified off-road motorcycle.

Trip permits

Find out how to get a temporary permit to drive your unlicensed vehicle on public highways.

Moving to WA? Get plates

New to Washington? Find out what you need to do to get Washington license plates.

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