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Volunteer Firefighter license plate

Volunteer Firefighter plates

COVID-19 closures are affecting the production of our license plates, tabs, and decals. This is causing significant delays in our ability to issue them to you.

You may want to consider waiting to apply for a personalized or specialty plate.

If you have a temporary permit expiring soon, you can visit a vehicle licensing office to get a new one.

We don't have a timeline for when production delays will return to normal. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes.


  1. What you need to do to qualify.
  2. Find out the initial cost for plates.
  3. Submit your application and payment.
  4. Update your Good-to-Go! account, if needed.
  5. Renew your plates yearly.

1. What you need to do to qualify

You must be a WA state vehicle owner and show proof* that you're a volunteer firefighter:

  • Currently serving for at least 1 year.
  • or
  • Previously served for at least 10 years.

2. Find out the initial cost for plates

If you want your special design plates:

  • To get the next available number, continue to step 3. Submit your proof, payment, and application.
  • To have it personalized, see Get personalized plates.

Note: These plates are flat — they don't have raised characters.

Initial cost for plates with the next available number
(Yearly plate renewal fees will apply)
Vehicle type Fee
Passenger $157.25
Truck $156.50
Motorcycle $75.25
Trailer $105.25
Initial cost for personalized plates
(Yearly plate renewal fees will apply)
Vehicle type Fee
Passenger $209.25
Truck $208.50
Motorcycle $127.25
Trailer $157.25

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 the following plate renewal fees the first year:

  • $30 for specialty plates
  • $42 for personalized plates

Note: $28 of fees go to support Washington State Firefighters' Association (wsffa.org).

3. Submit your proof and payment with the application

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

Take or mail to any vehicle licensing office: *proof and payment with the Specialty License Plate Application.

*Show proof by providing 1 of these:

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

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


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