Nonresident military personnel
Military personnel temporarily stationed in Washington are presumed to be nonresidents unless they were residents of Washington State when inducted.
Nonresident military personnel on duty in Washington may display any of the following: Washington license plates, plates issued from their official home of record, plates issued from a foreign (out of state) jurisdiction other than your official home of record, until the registration expires. For additional information review the section "Nonresidents stationed in Washington" located on the Dept. of Licensing website.
WA resident military personnel
If you’re a WA resident temporarily stationed in another state for military duty, you may continue to license your vehicles in Washington State. For additional information review the section of "WA residents stationed outside of the state" on the Dept. of Licensing website.
Several types of tax exemptions may be available for Nonresidents stationed in Washington and Washington residents stationed outside the state. Check here for exemptions.