Governor signs Dufault bill eliminating fees on Purple Heart license plates

A bill Rep. Jeremie Dufault co-sponsored with Rep. Lisa Callan, D-Issaquah, that eliminates the annual renewal fees on Purple Heart license plates, received Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature Wednesday, following approval in both the House and Senate.

House Bill 2058 would make Purple Heart license plates permanent, meaning they never have to be renewed.

“Purple Heart Veterans deserve to be recognized and appreciated for the extreme sacrifices they made in service of our nation,” said Dufault, R-Selah. “This bill removes the fee and renewal requirement for those eligible to request a purple heart license plate – our state’s Purple Heart Veterans and widows. It is the least we can do.”

In Washington, 2,484 Purple Heart license plates have been issued. To qualify for a Purple Heart license plate, a registered owner must:

  • have been wounded during one of the United States’ wars or conflicts, or be a Purple Heart widow(er);
  • provide a copy of the Armed Forces Purple Heart medal document; and
  • be a resident of Washington and the registered owner of the motor vehicle on which the Purple Heart license will be displayed.

The tax/fee exemption applies to one motor vehicle owned by a Purple Heart Veteran or widow(er). The measure takes effect in late July.


Washington State House Republican Communications