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WAC 308-96A-021

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Replacement plates—Requirements.

(1) How do I obtain replacement plate(s) for my current Washington plate(s)?
You obtain replacement plate(s) by applying:
(a) Either in person; or
(b) By mail, to a Washington vehicle licensing office; or
(c) Online through the department of licensing web page in conjunction with your registration renewal and seven-year replacement requirement.
(2) When do I need to replace my plate(s)?
You need to replace your plate(s) if:
(a) Your plate(s) are lost, destroyed, or mutilated. For an additional fee, you may replace them with the same number/letter combination as long as the plate meets a current approved license plate configuration and background; or
(b) Your plate(s) are stolen. You may not request the same number/letter combination (see the note at the end of this section); or
(c) The primary use of your vehicle has changed requiring new plate(s) designated for the new use of the vehicle. Example: A passenger car used to transport commodities, merchandise, produce, freight or animals for commercial purposes may be licensed as a commercial use truck; or
(d) Your vehicle license plates have reached the replacement cycle date established by this section by authority in RCW 46.16.233. For an additional fee, you may request the same number/letter combination as long as the plate meets a current approved license plate configuration and background.
(3) Who can apply for replacement plate(s)?
One of the registered owners must apply for replacement plate(s).
(4) What documentation do I need to apply for replacement plate(s)?
(a) If your plate(s) are lost, stolen (see note at end of this section), destroyed, or mutilated, you need to submit an affidavit of loss or letter of request describing the vehicle by Washington license plate or vehicle identification number. The affidavit of loss or letter of request must be signed by at least one of the registered owners. The registered owner's signature must be either notarized by a notary public or certified by an authorized employee of a Washington vehicle licensing office. A replacement plate fee will be charged. For an additional fee, the same number/letter combination may be requested as long as the plate meets a current approved license plate configuration and background.
(b) If the primary use of your vehicle has changed requiring new plate(s) designated for the new use of the vehicle, the department will replace the plate(s) without the affidavit of loss or letter of request. A new plate fee will be charged.
(5) What if the department issued incorrect plate(s) for my vehicle?
When incorrect plate(s) have been issued due to departmental error, the department will replace the plate(s) without the affidavit of loss or letter of request. No replacement plate fee will be charged in this case.
(6) What is the replacement cycle date for my license plate? The replacement cycle date for your license plate is seven years from the date the license plate(s) were issued. Notification will be included on the renewal notice when it is necessary to replace the license plates for a vehicle.
(7) When I am required to replace special license plate(s) on a currently registered vehicle, will I receive the same license plate number/letter combination? Yes, for an additional fee, if you are replacing license plates on a currently registered vehicle, your license plates will be replaced with the same number/letter combination as shown on the vehicle computer record as long as the plate meets a current approved license plate configuration and background.
(8) What license plates are required to be replaced? Vehicles that have license plates seven years or older that include:
(a) Standard issue;
(b) Collegiate;
(c) HAM/MARS;
(d) Personalized;
(e) Ride share;
(f) Disabled person;
(g) Disabled veterans;
(h) Pearl Harbor survivors;
(i) Purple heart;
(j) Stadium;
(k) Square dancer;
(l) Honorary Consular;
(m) Former prisoner of war;
(n) Commercial plates issued to vehicles with a declared gross weight 26,000 pounds or under;
(o) Special plate series created after January 1, 2003.
(9) What license plates are exempt from the replacement requirements?
(a) Prorated vehicles over 16,000 pounds licensed under chapter 46.87 RCW;
(b) Commercial vehicles with declared gross weight over 26,000 pounds under RCW 46.16.233;
(c) Collector vehicle, horseless carriage vehicle and restored plates;
(d) Plates issued to government agencies with exempt use class; and
(e) Medal of Honor license plates.
Note:
If the license plate has been reported as stolen or if the department record indicates the vehicle has been stolen, the same number/letter combination will not be issued.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.16.135, 46.16.225, 46.16.490, 46.16.276. WSR 04-08-079, § 308-96A-021, filed 4/6/04, effective 5/7/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. WSR 03-05-080, § 308-96A-021, filed 2/19/03, effective 3/22/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.16.135, 46.46.16.225 [46.16.225], 46.16.490 and 46.16.276. WSR 98-19-075, § 308-96A-021, filed 9/21/98, effective 10/22/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.16.600, 46.16.276 and 46.01.110. WSR 87-12-023 (Order TL/RG-34), § 308-96A-021, filed 5/28/87.]