COVID-19: Updates on Department of Transport services

District series plates

District series number plates have shire specific characters that can be issued to persons who reside within that district.

  About district series plates

District plate sample
District plate sample

District series number plates have shire specific characters set by Driver and Vehicle Services. You cannot order specific district series number plates. The plates are issued for general use and are manufactured on demand in large quantities in an ascending alpha/numeric series similar to the State series plates.

District series plates are manufactured in numerical sequence with a district identifier as a prefix.

  • For example, 'MH' for Mandurah.

The old style district plates were issued in black characters on either a white or yellow background. Plates are now issued on the blue and white 'Brand WA' format.

These plates can be issued to motor vehicles, trailers and motorcycles owned by persons who reside in that district.

All district series plates remain the property of the Director General. It is an offence under the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 for a person to fail to return the number plates on demand.

  Remake of district series plates

District series plates can be remade in any of the below colour combinations:

  • Black on white
  • Black on yellow
  • Brand WA format

Please refer to Replace lost/stolen number plates for information on how to remake your district series plate or if you have had your district series plates lost or stolen.

  Retaining district series plates

At the time of surrendering, a person can request to have their district series plates retained at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent for re-issue on another vehicle. A plate fee will occur when re-issuing the plates onto another vehicle.

Please note that retained district series plates can only be re-issued onto a vehicle owned by the same person or to a member of the owner's immediate family upon completion of a State/district plate transfer; immediate family form.


District series plates will be destroyed unless a person requests for them to be retained at the time of surrendering.

LBU_F_VL_E45_AppPlateRemakeTfr.pdf icon Application for plate remake/transfer (Form E45) Kb

  Moving retained plates from one DVS centre to another

Persons who have number plates retained at a Driver and Vehicle Service Centre or regional Agent can have the plates transferred to another DVS Centre or regional Agent at their request.

Please telephone the Driver and Vehicle Services contact centre on 13 11 56 to arrange this.

  Transferring or swapping district series plates

District series plates may be swapped in the following circumstances:

  • Between two vehicles owned by the same person.
  • To a vehicle owned by an immediate family member.

You can transfer your district series plates to an immediate family member (spouse, parent, child or sibling). A fee is applicable for this transaction (see Plate fees below).

A state/district plate transfer; immediate family form must be completed if the plates are to be transferred to a vehicle licensed in the name of an immediate family member.

See Sell or transfer plates on how to do this.

LBU_F_VL_E45_AppPlateRemakeTfr.pdf icon Application for plate remake/transfer (Form E45) Kb

  Fitting plates to your vehicle

Screws are not supplied with plates issued by DoT.

You will need to organise the removal of the old plates and attachment of the new plates yourself, or arrange for them to be fitted by a car dealership or garage.

You will need to purchase and affix an auxiliary plate if a bike rack or mobility device is attached to your vehicle and obstructs the view of your rear number plate. Refer to Auxiliary plates

If the existing vehicle number plates have been lost, stolen or damaged then standard replacement processes apply. Refer to Replace lost/stolen or damaged number plates

LBU_PLATES_FAQ_Plates.pdf icon Optional plates FAQ Kb
LBU_F_Plates_TC_Optional.pdf icon Optional plates general terms and conditions Kb


Page last updated: Fri Oct 9 2020 12:06:11 PM