Beginning Jan. 3 the Washington Department of Licensing will issue license plates with 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 Washington National Guard.
The recipients of the first 25 plates from each branch of service will receive their new license plates at a special ceremony to be held at the state Capitol on Jan. 3. Interested veterans submitted their names throughout the last three months to the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), and the winners were chosen in a drawing held by a subcommittee of the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and the Veterans Legislative Coalition. The first 25 names identified for each service were notified and given the opportunity to purchase the new plates.
Purchasers will also receive a decal indicating their military status, to include veteran, disabled veteran, reservist, retiree, or active duty. The special license plates may be used in place of regular or personalized license plates for motor vehicles or motorcycles required to display one or two motor vehicle license plates.
"The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is excited about the opportunity for our State’s citizens to recognize and say ‘Thank You’ to the thousands of veterans and military personnel who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms," said John Lee, WDVA Director.
WDVA has posted a gift certificate on its website at www.dva.wa.gov so that family and friends can present it to veterans during the upcoming holidays. Or, call 1-800-562-0132 to request a certificate by mail.
"Because the plates are available only to veterans, Guard, Reserves and active duty military, this will be a wonderful way to provide the plates as a gift," said Lee.
In addition to other state and county registration charges, the plates will cost $40 for the initial purchase and $30 for each yearly renewal. $28 from the purchase and renewal of each plate will be directed to the Veterans Stewardship Account and is tax deductible.
The Veterans Stewardship Account will be used for activities that benefit veterans, such as maintaining a future state veteran’s cemetery in eastern Washington; providing programs and services for homeless veterans; and establishing memorials honoring veterans.