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.
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
- Complete a Special License Plate Application.
- Provide all of the following:
- Restored license plates.
- The title for the vehicle.
- Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out how much your plates will cost, including all licensing and service fees.
- Submit your completed application, restored license plates, title, and fees:
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.