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How Armed Forces license plates funds continue to help veterans

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The Washington Department of Licensing issues Armed Forces license plates to eligible veterans, military and family members interested in showing off their military pride and supporting a noble cause at the same time.

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.

There are 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 & Air Retired, Fallen Hero, Family and Gold Star decals.

Visit for information on initial and renewal plate fees.  $28 from the purchase and renewal of each plate is directed to the Veterans Stewardship Account and is tax deductible.

The Veterans Stewardship Account is 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.

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

*Motorcycle and trailer plates are also available.

Along with Armed Forces License Plates, eligible applicants can also apply for Gold Star License Plates, Special Military Plates, Veteran/Military Service Award Emblems and free Disabled Veteran License Plates.

Washington State Armed Forces plates on the road: 20,635

What that means:

  • $561,299 for state veterans cemetery operations and other vital WDVA services
  • Upgrades to flooring at Washington Veterans Cemetery
  • Replacing electric transport carts at Washington Veterans Cemetery
  • Upgrades to Columbarium Wall at Washington Veterans Cemetery

Learn more and apply for your license plates at:

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