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Restored license plates

Restored 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


  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 needed.

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 and be for general use.

For example, if you have a:

  • 1967 Mustang, it must have a 1967 restored WA license plate
  • 1956 Ford pickup truck, it must have a 1956 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 the 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

Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out the total cost to get these plates.

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 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:

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