Personalized license plates may be used on most vehicle types licensed in Washington State.
To see if the plate you want is available, look up personalized plates.
What you can put on a personalized plate
- Your personalized plate can have:
- Standard plates: 1–7 characters (letters, numbers, hyphens, or spaces).
- Motorcycle and small trailer plates: 1–6 characters (letters, numbers, hyphens, or spaces).
- Personalized license plates can’t have:
How to apply
Standard personalized plates
- Check to make sure that the personalized plate you want is available and that your choice meets personalized plate requirements.
- Complete a Personalized License Plate Application Form.
- Submit your application and fees:
- By mail to:
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507-8500
- In person at:
King County Licensing Section
500 4th Ave. #401
Seattle, WA 98104
Personalized plates with a special background design
See Personalized plates with a special background design to learn how to get personalized plates with a different background design.
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:
The total cost of your personalized plates will depend on the type of vehicle you’re licensing and the background design you request. Please contact your local vehicle licensing office to determine the exact cost of your personalized plates.
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.
- 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).