Restored license plates

Restored plates

A restored license plate is a Washington-issued license plate that was designed for use in the year of the vehicle’s manufacture. The restored license plate may be used on an antique or collector vehicle instead of a standard license plate or Horseless Carriage license plate.


For vehicles

To use restored plates, vehicles must be:

  • A collector vehicle over 30 years old, or an antique vehicle (horseless carriage) over 40 years old.
  • Owned and operated as collector vehicles.
  • Capable of operating on the highway.

For purchasing and renewing restored license plates

Restored license plates:

  • Must be original, and in good condition so they can be identified with their year of issue. Reproductions can’t be used as restored license plates.
  • May be assigned to currently registered passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or trucks.
  • Are good for the life of vehicle (Don’t need to be renewed annually).
  • May be purchased at any licensing office. You must provide the restored plates.

For using restored license plates

  • Restored license plates must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. If you provide a set of plates, you may display one on the front and the other on the back of the vehicle.
  • You don’t need to display month/year tabs on restored plates.
  • Vehicles with restored license plates:
    • May be driven:
      • To and from auto shows, circuses, parades, displays, special excursions, and antique car club meetings.
      • For testing purposes.
      • For the pleasure of others without compensation.
    • May not be used for:
      • Commercial purposes or to carry a load.
      • Regular transportation in the manner of a fully licensed vehicle.

How to apply

  1. Complete a Special License Plate Application.
  2. Provide all of the following:
    • Restored license plates.
    • The title for the vehicle.
  3. Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost, including all licensing and service fees.
  4. Submit your completed application, restored license plates, title, and fees:
    • At a vehicle licensing office.
    • or
    • By mail to:
      Vehicle Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9909
      Olympia, WA 98507-8500

Fee to apply for restored license plates

  • Cars and trucks: $50.75
  • Motorcycles: $45.75
  • Trailers: Not available

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

You aren’t required to renew your restored license plates.

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