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.
- What you need to do to qualify.
- Find out the initial cost for plates.
- Submit your application and payment.
- Update your Good-to-Go! account, if needed.
- 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.
- 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.
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 .
3. Submit your proof and payment with the application
Contact a vehicle licensing office to find out the total cost of your plates.
*Show proof by providing 1 of these:
- Documentation of Volunteer Service from the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association .
- Contacting the Board of Volunteer Firefighters and Reserve Officers to certify your service.
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:
- By phone: 866.936.8246
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.