Gold Star license plate

Gold Star plates


To qualify for Gold Star license plates, you must be certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as being 1 of the following to a United States armed forces member who died while in the service, or as a result of their service:

  • Widow or widower
  • Birth mother or birth father
  • Stepmother or stepfather
  • Mother or father through adoption
  • Adult who fulfilled the parental role, such as foster parent, kinship care provider, or caretaker relative. (Additional documentation required.)
  • Biological child
  • Adopted child

How to apply

  1. Request a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying you’re a qualifying widow, widower, parent, or child of a member of the United States armed services.
  2. Complete a Military License Plate Application.
  3. Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost, including all licensing and service fees.
  4. Submit the letter from Department of Veterans Affairs, your completed application, a copy of your vehicle registration, and fees:
    • At a vehicle licensing office.
    • or
    • By mail to:
      Vehicle Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9909
      Olympia, WA 98507-8500

If you want to personalize your plates

You may get personalized plates with a Gold Star background design for an additional $52. For details and how to apply, see Personalized plates with a special background design.

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

There are no special requirements for renewing Gold Star Parent license plates. You can:


There is no additional fee for a Gold Star Parent background design, but you must still pay all required vehicle registration and tab renewal fees. (Registration and tab renewal fees vary by location and type of vehicle.)

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