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Washington Aviation Specialty License Plate

Coming this July, aviation enthusiasts can order the first ever Washington Aviation Specialty License Plate.

The Aviation License Plate will be available to purchase on July 23, 2017 through the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL).

Aviation license plate

When available, purchases may be made online by visiting the Washington State Department of Licensing  or by visiting your local vehicle licensing office.

Please read the FAQ’s below for more information regarding Washington Aviation License Plate purchases:

Aviation License Plate: Frequently Asked Questions:


How much will it cost to purchase a plate?
Initial cost: $40 for the actual plate + annual tab fees and other specialty license plate production fees.

Renewals: $30 for the renewal of the plate + annual tab fees and other specialty license plate production fees.

You can find out the total cost by contacting your local vehicle licensing office.

What does the money from this plate purchase support?
$28 from each plate purchase will support aviation-specific initiatives such as:  

  • Airport infrastructure improvements to support statewide disaster response and recovery operations (examples: wildland fires, earthquake, landslide response).
  • Economic development opportunities to enhance public access to airports, such as informational kiosks.
  • Statewide aviation infrastructure-related awareness programs that promote public participation at airports.

I just renewed my tabs; can I still purchase the Washington Aviation Specialty License Plate?
Yes, typically, you should be able to transfer your registration to the new plate and be charged only for the special plate and processing costs ($72.75).

It is always a good idea to check with your local vehicle licensing office to make sure there aren’t any individual/local circumstances that would change this process.

Can I buy an aviation plate as a gift for someone else?
No, not unless you and the recipient are both registered owners of the vehicle. WSDOT Aviation will offer a Gift Envelope, which can be downloaded, printed and folded to hold enough money for your loved one to be able to purchase a specialty license plate. See the DOL's website for more information regarding the cost of a Washington Aviation License Plate, or contact your local vehicle licensing office.

Can I personalize my plate?
Yes, for an additional fee, you can use up to seven characters for a personalized plate. Visit DOL's website to learn more about personalized plates and to see which character combinations are available.

Does any money from the personalization fee support aviation?
No, the personalization fee goes toward Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation programs.

Thank you for supporting the Washington Aviation License Plate series. 

If you have any questions regarding the Washington Aviation License Plate, please contact Nisha Marvel, WSDOT Aviation Communications.