Purple Heart license plate

Purple Heart plates

If you’re a Washington State vehicle owner who was issued the Purple Heart from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Merchant Marines, you may get special license plates for 1 vehicle indicating that you were injured in one of this nation’s wars or conflicts.


To qualify, you must:

  • Be a Washington resident.
  • Have been wounded in combat during one of this nation’s wars or conflicts.
  • Have been awarded the Purple Heart and have documentation of the award, such as a DD214 or other military document.
  • Be an owner, co-owner, lessee, or co-lessee of the vehicle the Purple Heart plates will be issued to.
  • Be a surviving spouse or domestic partner of a deceased Purple Heart recipient.

How to apply

  1. Complete a Military License Plate Application.
    • Provide a copy of your DD214 or military discharge papers indicating that you’re a Purple Heart recipient.
    • If you’re a surviving spouse or domestic partner of a deceased Purple Heart recipient, you must also provide a copy of the recipient’s death certificate and an affidavit that you haven’t remarried.
  2. Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost, including all licensing and service fees.
  3. Submit your completed application, supporting documents, and fees:
    • At a vehicle licensing office.
    • or
    • By mail to:
      Vehicle Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9909
      Olympia, WA 98507-8500

If you want to personalize your plates

You may get personalized plates with a Purple Heart background design for an additional $52. For details and how to apply, see Personalized plates with a special 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 if you get a new special plate. You can update your account with the Department of Transportation:

How to renew

There are no special requirements for renewing Purple Heart license plates. You can:


To get original plates:

  • Cars and trucks: $27.75
  • Motorcycles: $9.75
  • Trailers: Not available

To renew:

There’s no additional fee for a Purple Heart background design, but you must still pay all required tab renewal fees. (Tab renewal fees vary by location and type of vehicle.)

Note: Fees don’t include the cost of vehicle registration or tab renewal. Some offices may charge an additional service fee.

Washington Healthcare Finder
Access Washington – official state government website