Specialty Plates

Washington's Department of Licensing provides a variety of license plates styles for vehicles registered in the state.


Personalized license plates may be used on most vehicle types licensed in Washington. 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.

How to apply for personalized plates

Check to make sure that the personalized plate you want is available and that your choice meets personalized plate requirements

Complete a personalized license plate application from the website or come to our office and pick up a form.

Submit your application and fees by mail to:
Department of Licensing PO Box 9909 Olympia, WA 98507

Background designs

Standard personalized plates use the mountain background

You may request personalized plates with a Special Background or Theme
Vanity Plates

You 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. Each plate donates a portion of its proceeds to a different organization so whether you want to support The Seattle Seahawks or you are a University of Washington alumni, there is a plate for you. Vanity plates have an additional renewal fee each year.

   To review plates that are available click here