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
- 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.
- Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost, including all licensing and service fees.
- Submit your completed application, supporting documents, and fees:
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
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.