State Park License Plate

License Plate

Support education in state parks by purchasing a Washington State Parks license plate for your vehicle. The special plate features a collage of natural features from state parks including Wallace Falls and Lake Wenatchee. Money raised by the Washington State Parks specialty license plate program is used to provide educational opportunities in parks. 

Some of the programs supported by license plate sales include:

  • Junior Ranger Programs
    Many parks offer the chance for young park visitors and campers to connect with nature while becoming Junior Rangers. Kids who want to be Junior Rangers learn about topics like hiking safety, littering, local ecology and park rules to earn their Junior Ranger badge. License plate revenue helps staff purchase supplies like activity booklets and badges.
  • Environmental Education
    State parks are great outdoor classrooms. Thousands of students from preschool through college visit state parks for field trips every year to learn about Washington state history, ecology, geology and more. Park staff and volunteers offer educational tours, guided hikes and campfire programs for visitors and campers. License plate revenues directly support environmental education programming in state parks.
  • Folk and Traditional Arts
    Washington State is home to many ethnic, tribal, occupational and other folk groups that have their own traditions. The Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program presents performances and events in our state parks by musicians, dancers and storytellers who represent those traditions. Those festivals, concerts and workshops provide opportunities to learn more about the many cultures that make Washington their home.
  • Interpretive Exhibits and Waysides
    Many parks feature self-guided interpretive exhibits and trails to help park visitors understand and appreciate the natural and cultural resources of our state park system. Washington State Parks also maintains a variety of historic markers that punctuate our state’s rich history. License plate revenues help fund the maintenance and replacement of existing exhibits as well as the development of new ones.

Cost and ordering

The initial cost of the plate is $40 plus regular tab renewal fees, with $28 of the plate’s cost going to Washington State Parks. After the first year, the cost to keep the license plate is $30 in addition to tab renewal fees, with $28 going to Washington State Parks. Fees to personalize the specialty license plate vary. For more information on purchasing the Washington State Parks license plate, visit the Department of Licensing website.