Collector vehicle license plates

Collector Vehicle plates

Requirements

For vehicles:

To use Collector Vehicle plates, vehicles must be:

  • More than 30 years old.
  • Capable of operating on the highway.
  • Owned and operated as collector vehicles.

For purchasing and renewing Collector Vehicle license plates

Collector Vehicle plates:

  • May be assigned to currently registered passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or trucks.
  • Are good for the life of vehicle (don’t need to be renewed annually).

For using Collector Vehicle plates

  • Collector Vehicle license plates must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. If you provide a set of restored plates, they may be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle.
  • You don’t need to display month/year tabs on Collector Vehicle plates.
  • Vehicles with Collector Vehicle plates:
    • May be driven:
      • To and from auto shows, circuses, parades, displays, special excursions, and antique car club meetings.
      • For testing purposes.
      • For the pleasure of others without compensation.
    • May not be used for regular transportation in the manner of a fully licensed vehicle.

How to apply

  1. Complete a Special License Plate Application.
  2. Contact your local licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost, including all licensing and service fees.
  3. If you want to use restored license plates, provide your restored license plate (or plates) for the vehicle.
  4. Submit your completed application, plates, and fees:
    • At a vehicle licensing office.
    • or
    • By mail to:
      Vehicle Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9909
      Olympia, WA 98507-8500

Fee to get collector plates

  • Cars and trucks: $51.75
  • Motorcycles: $41.75
  • Trailers: Not available

Remember to update your Good To Go! account

If you have a Good To Go! electronic tolling pass, be sure to update the license plate number and contact information on your account if you get a new special plate. You can update your account with the Department of Transportation:

How to renew

You aren’t required to renew your Collector Vehicle license plates.

Option to use restored license plates

You may use a restored license plate on your collector vehicle instead of a Collector Vehicle plate. Restored license plates are Washington-issued license plates that were designed for use in the year of the vehicle’s manufacture. The license plates must be restored so they can be identified with their year of issue. A reproduction of the original can’t be used as a restored license plate.

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