Amateur radio operator (HAM) license plate

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

  1. Complete a Special License Plate Application. Be sure to provide:
    • A copy of your valid FCC license.
    • and
    • The registration of the vehicle your HAM plates will be issued to.
  2. 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:
    Vehicle Licensing
    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 tabs on 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.
    • and
    • 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

To renew:

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.

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