Personalized license plate sample

Personalized plates

Personalized license plates may be used on most vehicle types licensed in Washington State.

What you can put on a personalized plate

Your personalized plate:

  • Can have:
    • Standard-size plates: 1–7 characters (letters, numbers, hyphens, or spaces).
    • Motorcycle and small trailer plates: 1–6 characters (letters, numbers, hyphens, or spaces).
  • Can’t have:

To see if the plate you want is available, look up personalized plates.

Background designs

How to apply

To get standard personalized plates

  1. Check to make sure that the personalized plate you want is available and that your choice meets personalized plate requirements.
  2. Complete a Personalized License Plate Application Form.
  3. Submit your application and fees:
    • By mail to:
      Vehicle Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9909
      Olympia, WA 98507-8500
    • or
    • In person at:
      King County Licensing Section
      500 4th Ave. #401
      Seattle, WA 98104

To get personalized plates with a special background design

See Personalized plates with a special background design to learn how to apply.

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 when you get your new personalized plate. You can update your account with the Department of Transportation:

Fees

Please contact a vehicle licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost. The total cost of your personalized plates will depend on the type of vehicle you’re licensing, where you live, and the background design you choose.

To get personalized plates
If you have… Pay all the following fees…
Standard personalized plates (mountain background design) Personalized plate fee: $79.75
Personalized plates with a special background design
  • Personalized plate fee: $79.75
  • and
  • Special design plate fee (varies by type of design)
  • and
  • Registration fees for your vehicle (varies by location and type of vehicle).
To renew
If you have… Pay all the following fees…
Standard personalized plates (mountain background design)
  • Personalized plate renewal fee: $42
  • and
  • Tab renewal fees for your vehicle (varies by location and type of vehicle)
Personalized plates with a special background design
  • Personalized plate renewal fee: $42
  • and
  • Special design plate renewal fee: $30
    • Purple Heart plates: $0
  • and
  • Tab renewal fees for your vehicle (varies by location and type of vehicle)

How to renew

You can renew your standard personalized plates:

You must renew your personalized plate every year, even if you’re not using the vehicle.

  • If you don’t renew your plates within 45 days of the expiration date, you must reinstate them (WAC 308-96A-065 (5)). To reinstate your plates:
    • Reapply for the plates.
    • and
    • Pay the original personalized license plate fee.
  • If your plates are canceled, they can be reissued to anyone who applies for them. If this happens, you must turn your plates in to us (RCW 46.18.275).
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