Specialty / Themed Plates
Washington’s Department of licensing provides a variety of license plates styles for vehicles registered in the state. In addition to “Personalized Plates”, Washington’s motorists can choose from an assortment of “Special Background and Theme Plates” that promote a range of interests including the state’s universities, members of the military, landmarks, wildlife, and more. You may also transfer the plates to a new vehicle when you sell the old one, as long as the vehicles are of the same class.
Personalized / Vanity Plates
Personalized license plates, also referred to as Vanity plates, and may be used on most vehicle types licensed in Washington State. Standard sized plates are available for cars, trucks and trailers, small sized plates are available for motorcycles and small trailers. Personalized Plates have an additional fee and each year there will be an annual renewal fee for your vehicle.
Special Background and Theme Plates
Washington State offers specialized license plates whose design reflects the interests of nonprofit organizations. A portion of the money you pay for these plates goes to these groups, so you can enjoy an attractive plate and support a cause you care about at the same time. Special Background and Theme Plates have an additional fee and each year there will be an annual renewal fee for your vehicle. To apply, request the type plate you want at any time or at the time of your license renewal and we will complete the necessary paperwork to obtain the plate you want.
To review plates that are available click here Special Design Plates.