Horseless Carriage license plates

Horseless Carriage plates

Requirements

For vehicles

To use Horseless Carriage plates, vehicles must be:

  • More than 40 years old.
  • Owned and operated as collector vehicles.
  • Capable of operating on the highway.

For purchasing and renewing Horseless Carriage license plates

Horseless Carriage plates:

  • May be assigned to currently registered passenger vehicle, motorcycles, or trucks.
  • Are good for the life of vehicle (don’t need to be renewed annually).
  • May be purchased at any licensing office.

For using horseless carriage plates

  • Horseless Carriage license plates must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. If you provide a set of restored plates, they may be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle.
  • You don’t need to display month/year tabs on Horseless Carriage plates.
  • Vehicles with Horseless Carriage plates:
    • May be driven:
      • To and from auto shows, circuses, parades, displays, special excursions, and antique car club meetings.
      • For testing purposes.
      • For the pleasure of others without compensation.
    • May not be used for:
      • Commercial purposes or to carry a load.
      • Regular transportation in the manner of a fully licensed vehicle.

How to apply

  1. Complete a Special License Plate Application.
  2. Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost, including all licensing and service fees
  3. If you want to use restored license plates, provide your restored license plate (or plates) for the vehicle.
  4. Submit your completed application, plates, and fees:
    • At a vehicle licensing office.
    • or
    • By mail to:
      Vehicle Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9909
      Olympia, WA 98507-8500

Fee to get horseless carriage plates

  • Cars and trucks: $50.75
  • Motorcycles: $45.75
  • Trailers: Not available

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 aren’t required to renew your Horseless Carriage license plates.

Option to use restored license plates

You may use a restored license plate on your antique vehicle instead of a Horseless Carriage license plate. Restored license plates are Washington-issued license plates that were designed for use in the year of the vehicle’s manufacture. The license plates must be restored so they can be identified with their year of issue. A reproduction of the original can’t be used as a restored license plate.

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