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Gold Star license plate

Gold Star plates

On July 24, 2015 "Sibling" was added to the list of eligible family members.

Overview

  1. Find out if you qualify.
  2. Plate options.
  3. Submit your certified letter, application and payment.
  4. Update your Good-to-Go! account, if needed.
  5. Renew your plates yearly, if you have personalized plates.

1. Find out if you qualify

The Gold Star plate is available for family members of a US armed forces member who died while in service to his or her country, or as a result of his or her service.

You must be a WA vehicle owner and request a certified letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a:

  • Widow or widower*,
  • Biological, adoptive or stepparent*,
  • Adult who fulfilled the parental role, such as foster parent, kinship provider or caretaker relative*,
  • Biological or adopted child, or
  • Sibling.

*If you're a widow, widower, biological parent, adoptive parent, stepparent, or adult who fulfilled the parental role, such as foster parent, kinship provider or caretaker relative, you don't have to pay the yearly registration and tab fees for the Gold Star plates on one of your vehicles.

2. Plate options

You have 2 options. If you want your Gold Star plates:

  1. To get the next available number, continue to step 3. Submit your certified letter, application, and payment
  2. To be personalized, see Personalized plates

3. Submit your certified letter, application, and payment

Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out the total cost of your plates.

Make sure you've received your certified letter from Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mail your certified letter, Military License Plate Application and payment.

4. Update your Good To Go! account, if needed

If you have a Good To Go! electronic tolling pass, be sure to update the contact information on your account with the Department of Transportation:

5. Renew your plates yearly, if you have personalized plates

You must renew your plates every year if you chose to personalize your plates. This rule applies even if you're not using the vehicle. See Personalized plates for more information.

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