Gold Star plates
- 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 (licensingexpress.wordpress.com).
On July 24, 2015 “Sibling” was added to the list of eligible family members.
- What you need to do to qualify
- Costs and plate options
- Submit your certified letter, application and payment
- Update your Good-to-Go! account, if you have one
- Renew your plates yearly
1. What you need to do to qualify
The Gold Star plate is available for family members of a US armed forces member who died while in service to his or her country, or as a result of his or her service.
You must be a WA vehicle owner and request a certified letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a:
- Widow or widower*,
- Biological, adoptive or stepparent,
- Adult who fulfilled the parental role, such as foster parent, kinship provider or caretaker relative,
- Biological or adopted child, or
*If you’re a widow or widower you don’t have to pay the yearly registration and tab fees for the Gold Star plates on one of your vehicles.
2. Costs and plate options
You have 2 options. If you want your Gold Star plates:
- To get the next available number, continue to step 3. Submit your payment and application.
- To be personalized, see Get personalized plates:
3. Submit your certified letter, application and payment
Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out the total cost of your plates.
Make sure you’ve received your certified letter from Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mail your certified letter, Military License Plate Application and payment.
4. Update your Good To Go! account
If you have an account, update it with your new plates:
5. Renew your plates yearly
You must renew your plates every year, even if you’re not using the vehicle. If you have personalized plates, see Renew your personalized plates every year.