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Frequently Asked Questions



Washington State Armed Forces License Plates

The Washington Department of Licensing issues license plates to eligible veterans/military/family members** with six separate designs, each containing a symbol representing a different branch of the armed forces to include Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and WA National Guard. Purchasers also receive a decal indicating their military status, to include:

  • Veteran
  • Retired
  • Active Duty
  • Reserves
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Army Guard
  • Air Guard
  • Army Retired (for Army National Guard Retirees)
  • Air Retired (for Air National Guard Retirees)
  • Fallen Hero (This decal would be available for an eligible family member of a military member killed in action)
  • Family
  • Gold Star Gold Star License Plates

The special license plates may be used in place of regular or personalized license plates for motor vehicles, including motorcycles, required to display one and two motor vehicle license plates.

The original cost to purchase an Armed Forces plate(s) is $40.00 plus any applicable licensing fees.  When the vehicle registration becomes due, you will need to pay an additional $30.00 to keep the Armed Forces plate(s) on your vehicle, even if you have not had the plate(s) for a full year.  $28 from the purchase and renewal of each plate will be directed to the Veterans Stewardship Account and is tax deductible.

The Veterans Stewardship Account will be used for activities that benefit veterans, such as maintaining the state veteran’s cemetery in eastern Washington and providing programs and services for homeless veterans.

License Plate Application



**You are eligible to purchase a plate at any
Vehicle Licensing Office if you:

  • Served at any time in the U.S.Military
  • Are currently on active duty
  • Served in the Guard or Reserves
  • Currently in the Guard or Reserves
  • Are a Family Member of those listed above.(News Release)
    .Effective June 12, 2008 Family members of those who have served are eligible to purchase the Armed Forces License Plates at any Vehicle licensing Office.


Dept of Licensing Office Locator

License Plate Application

Take the application with you to Dept. of Licensing when purchasing a plate.
*Motorcycle and trailer plates are also available.

You can now purchase an Armed Forces License Plate for someone else! You can honor their service by giving them a plate. Add names and sentiments to these certificates:

Number of Armed Forces Plates Sold as of 8/1/14

  • Air Force: 2,429
  • Army: 4,710
  • Coast Guard: 683
  • Marine Corps: 2,963
  • National Guard: 377
  • Navy: 2,959

     Total: 14,121

Please print or email these flyers for information about the availability of the Armed Forces License Plates you can post at your place of business, VSO or club lodge.

Any honorably discharged veteran may obtain an emblem packet.

 Thank you for paying it forward!