License Plates

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Drive your Viking pride with the the WWU license plate. The plate available at any Washington state Department of Licensing (DOL) office. Each purchase raises $28 to support WWU students. 

If your vehicle has a previous WWU plate design, we encourage you to make the switch. It's easy to keep your current plate number—simply visit your local licensing office. And for those who do not yet have a WWU plate, don't wait until your tab renewal—get one today!




What if I already have a WWU plate?
You can get the same number or message on the new WWU plates through the DOL. You must visit your local DOL office to replace your current WWU plate with the new WWU plate. The DOL will charge a replacement fee to retain your current message or number. Contact your local DOL office for exact costs and fees.

How do I personalize my plates?
Check out the DOL's personalized plate search to see if your preference is available. You may personalize your plate with up to seven characters (6 characters for motorcycles), including letters, numbers, dashes, and spaces. No unusual characters (&,!, @, +, #, etc.) are allowed. Total costs may vary. for more information, go here.

How much does the WWU plate cost?
Total costs and fees may vary depending on your vehicle, but the new WWU plates cost $72.75. Contact your local licensing office for specific fees.

Why the green lettering?
​The WWU license plate features a solid blue background with green lettering. The green is a secondary color of the Western brand. The green lettering is detected better than white by the new camera technology used by the Washington State Department of Transportation.  

Do I have to be a WWU alumnus/a to get a WWU plate?
No. Anybody and everybody can purchase WWU plates. 

Do I have to wait until my tab renewal to get a new plate?
No. You can purchase a WWU plate at any time.

How do I purchase WWU plates?
Complete the application and mail to Vehicle Licensing, Department of Licensing, P.O. Box 9909, Olympia, WA 98507-8500, or take it to a licensing office. It's that easy.

Can I get a WWU plate for my motorcycle or scooter?
Yes! The cost for a motorcycle or scooter plate is $54.75.

How much of the registration fee is directed to WWU students?
For each plate sold, $28 goes directly to support scholarships for WWU students.

When will I receive my WWU plates?
The plates are mailed to the registered owner within two business days of purchase. 

What will my new plate number be?
Unless you request personalized plates, your new number will be assigned by the DOL computer system. Plates are assigned in numerical order when a transaction is finalized.

Can I keep my plate when I sell my car?
Yes! These plates may be transferred to your new vehicle. Be sure to register your new car with your existing plates with the DOL.

Vikings Get a Break!

Drivers who wish to receive gift credit from WWU for their plate donation can CLICK HERE to email the registration info. If you prefer, simply fax a clear photocopy of the vehicle registration to (360) 650-2832 or mail it to the WWU Foundation, 516 High Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9034. Of the $30 annual WWU license plate fee, $28 is a tax-deductible gift to support scholarships at WWU.

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