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    The Washington State Department of Licensing oversees the distribution and issuance of personalized vanity license plates.  

    You can determine if your specific lettering on the license plate is available online.  However, to order your personalized license plate, you must do it through the mail or in person.  License plates can only be ordered by a registered owner.

  • Types of Vehicles:  Washington state allows personalized vanity license plates on passenger cars, trucks, trailers (large and small plates) and motorcycles.
  • Fee:   The fee for the personalized license plate in Washington state is dependent on the type of vehicle you are licensing and the background of your plate.  To determine the exact cost of the personalized license plate in Washington, lookup your Washington state vehicle licensing office.
  • Number of Characters:  In Washington state, the number of characters for a large plate for an automobile or trailer is 1 to 7 characters, including letters, numbers, hyphens and spaces.  For small plates for motorcycles and small trailers, you can include 1 to 6 characters, including letters, numbers, hyphens and spaces.
  • Limitations:  Personalized vanity license plates in Washington state may not include vulgar, racial, ethnic or indecent messages, and may not include unusual characters (like @, % or &).  For a specific list of requirements, visit the Washington State Personalized Plate Requirements Page.
  • Is My Plate Available?:  Yes – you can look your preferred license plate up online!   Visit the Washington State Look Up Personalized Plate Website.
  • How to Order:  To order your personalized Washington State vanity license plate, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Washington State Look Up Personalized Plate Website to see if your personalized message is available.
  2. Complete a Personalized License Plate Application form.
  3. Submit your application and fees by mail to (to look up fees for your personalized plate, visit your Washington state vehicle licensing office)

Vehicle Licensing

Department of Licensing

PO Box 9909

Olympia, WA 98507-8500

In person at:

King County Licensing Section

500 4th Ave. #401

Seattle, WA 98104

  • Additional Information:  For more information on obtaining a personalized vanity license plate in Washington state, visit the Personalized Plates website or call 360-902-3770.

    This Site is not owned or operated by, nor affiliated with any governmental organization. This Site contains general information with respect to personalized license plates at the department of motor vehicles in various states. It is for informational and educational purposes only. You should check with the specific state that your motor vehicle is registered in before ordering.