Armed Forces 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).
- Decide which military plate you’d like.
- Find out the initial cost for plates
- Submit your application and payment.
- Update your Good-to-Go! account, if you have one.
- Renew your plates yearly
1. Decide what you’d like to have on your plate
You must be a WA state vehicle owner and one of the following:
- Active duty military employee,
- Washington National Guard member,
- Spouse of deceased veteran, or
- Family member of one of the above.
If you want your special design plates:
- To get the next available number, continue to step 3. Submit your payment and application.
- To be personalized, see Get personalized plates.
Note: These plates are flat – they don’t have raised characters.
2. Find out the initial cost for plates
Initial cost for plates with the next available number. Yearly plate renewal fees will apply.
Initial cost for personalized plates. Yearly plate renewal fees will apply.
Save money. If your tabs expire in 6 months or less, save money by getting your new plates and tabs at the same time.
Note: $28 of fees go to support Veterans Stewardship Account at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
3. Submit your payment and application.
Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out the total cost of your plates.
Mail your payment and proof with the Military License Plate Application. Your proof of eligibility can be one of these:
- Military ID,
- Declaration of Fact (See Military License Plate Application)
4. Remember to 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.