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Armed forces license plate designs

Armed Forces plates

We're experiencing significant delays in our ability to issue personalized and specialty plates. Due to this delay, you may want to consider waiting to apply for a personalized or specialty plate. We don't have a timeline for when production delays will return to normal.

If you applied and your temporary permit is expiring soon, visit a vehicle licensing office to get a new one.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes

$28 of fees go to support Veterans Stewardship Account at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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

1. Find out if you qualify

You must be a WA state vehicle owner and one of the following:

  • Veteran
  • Active duty military employee
  • Reservist
  • Washington National Guard member
  • Spouse of deceased veteran
  • Family member of one of the above

2. Plate options

These plates are flat. They don't have raised characters.

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

You have 2 options for your Armed Forces plates:

  • To get the next available number, continue to step 3. Submit your proof and application
  • Or get Personalized plates.

3. Submit your proof and application.

Mail your proof along with the Military License Plate Application:

4. Remember to update your Good To Go! account

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

You must renew your plates every year, even if you're not using the vehicle. If you have personalized plates, see Personalized plates.

Save money when renewing your tabs early and getting new personalized or specialty plates

If your tabs expire in 6 months or less, you can save money by getting your new plates and tabs at the same time. By renewing early, you won't have to pay plate renewal fees the first year.


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