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.
The license plate must be original, and restored so it can be identified with its year of issue. Reproductions can’t be used as restored license plates.
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.
Vehicles with restored 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.
Vehicles with restored plates may not be used for:
- Commercial purposes or to carry a load.
- Regular transportation in the manner of a fully licensed vehicle.
License plate requirements
Antique or collector license plates, which include Horseless Carriage, Collector Vehicle, and restored license plates:
- May be assigned to currently registered passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or trucks.
- Are good for the life of vehicle.
- Aren’t required to display month/year tab.
- Aren’t renewed annually.
- 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.
- May be applied for through any licensing office. You must provide the restored plates.
How to apply
- Provide the restored license plates and title for the vehicle.
- Complete a Special License Plate Application.
- Contact your local vehicle licensing office to determine the exact cost of your plates, including all licensing and service fees.
- Submit your completed application, restored license plates, title, and fees:
How to renew
You aren’t required to renew your restored license plates.