Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) plates
To get HAM license plates, you must:
- Have a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- Be a Washington State vehicle owner.
About HAM plates
- You may get a set of Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) plates for 1 vehicle registered in your name.
- Your HAM license plates will show the call letters assigned to you by the FCC.
How to apply
- Complete a Special License Plate Application. Be sure to provide:
- A copy of your valid FCC license.
- The registration of the vehicle your HAM plates will be issued to.
- Mail the completed application, copy of your FCC license, copy of your vehicle registration, and a check or money order payable to “Department of Licensing” for the fees to:
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-8500
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 must renew your HAM plates every year, even if you’re not using the vehicle. There are no special requirements for renewing HAM license plates. You can:
If your plates are canceled
If your HAM plates are canceled because your FCC license became invalid or you didn’t renew your plates within 45 days of the expiration date:
- You must reinstate them (WAC 308-96A-070). To reinstate your plates:
- Reapply for the plates as described above.
- Pay the original license plate fee (RCW 46.18.205).
To get original plates:
- Cars and trucks: $32.75
- Motorcycles: $14.75
- Trailers: Not available
There’s no additional special plate fee for a HAM plates, 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.)
Note: Fees listed don’t include the cost of vehicle registration or tab renewal. Some offices may charge an additional service fee.