Gold Star license plate

Gold Star plates

As of January 1, 2015, there were changes to vehicle fees and plate costs.

Overview

  1. What you need to do to qualify.
  2. Costs and plate options
  3. Submit your certified letter, application and payment.
  4. Update your Good-to-Go! account, if you have one.
  5. 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.

You must be a WA state vehicle owner and certified by Department of Veterans Affairs* as a:

  • Widow or widower*,
  • Birth mother or father*,
  • Stepmother or stepfather*,
  • Biological or adopted child*,
  • A person who fulfilled the parental role, such as a foster parent, kinship care provider, or caretaker relative*

*Request a certified letter from Department of Veterans Affairs.

2. Costs and plate options

You have 2 options. If you want your Gold Star plates:

  1. To get the next available number, continue to step 3. Submit your payment and application.
  2. Vehicle type Fee
    Passenger/truck $8.75
    Motorcycle $8.75
  3. To be personalized, see Get personalized plates:
  4. Vehicle type Fee
    Passenger/truck $64.75
    Motorcycle $62.75

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.

Questions? Need help?

Contact us

Washington Healthcare Finder
Good To Go!
Access Washington – official state government website