Restored license plates

Restored plates

Important information

  • Vehicle and vessel licensing offices can’t perform transactions on Saturday, December 10.
  • Some vehicle and vessel online services, like tab renewal, won’t be available December 7-12 while we update our system.
  • On December 12, 2016, we’ll begin using a new vehicle and vessel computer system.
  • In the days following the launch of our new system, you may experience longer than usual wait times.

Learn more: DOL vehicle licensing system will be down on December 10 for system replacement (


  1. Restored plate requirements.
  2. Vehicle requirements.
  3. Find out the initial cost for a plate.
  4. Visit an office, bring your application, plates, title and payment.
  5. Update your Good-to-Go! account, if you have one.

1. Restored plate requirements

The plate must have been restored to it’s original design. It can’t be a reproduction. The plate must match the year of the vehicle.

For example: If you have a 1967 Mustang, it must have a 1967 restored WA license plate.

Before you can use restored plates bring them into a vehicle licensing office so we can make sure they’ve been correctly restored and are the correct plates for the year of your vehicle.

The restored license plates

  • Must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. If you have a set of plates, you may put them on the front and back.
  • You don’t need to display month/year tabs on the plates.
  • Are good for the life of vehicle (Don’t need to be renewed yearly).

2. Vehicle requirements

The vehicle must be over 30 years old, see Collector Vehicle plates, or an antique (horseless carriage) over 40 years old, see Horseless Carriage plates, and

  • Must have a current registration.
  • Owned and operated as a collector vehicle.
  • Capable of driving on the highway.
  • 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.

Note: These plates are not available for trailers.

3. Find out the initial cost for plates

Vehicle type Fee
Passenger/truck $56.75
Motorcycle $50.75

4. Visit an office, bring your application, plates, title and payment.

Visit a vehicle licensing office and bring the following:

5. Update your Good To Go! account

If you have an account, update it with your new plates:

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