State (ordinary) plates

State series number plates have character configurations set by Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). They are the most common number plates issued to motor vehicles, trailers and motorcycles.

  About state series plates

State plate sample
State plate sample

State series number plates have character configurations set by Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS).

This series is the most common number plate issued to motor vehicles, trailers and motorcycles.

You cannot order specific state series number plates.

The plates are issued for general use and are manufactured on demand in large quantities in an ascending alpha/numeric series.

  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. You must telephone the DVS contact centre on 13 11 56 to arrange this.

  Remake of state series plates

Both state and district series plates issued prior to the Brand WA format (blue and white plates) can be remade in any of the below colour combinations;

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

This does not apply to state series number plates issued in the current 'Brand WA' format.

'Brand WA' state series plates can only be remade in the same 'Brand WA' format.

Please refer to Replace lost/stolen number plates for information on how to remake your state series plate.

State plates (ordinary) fees

Fee type Fee
State plate fee: Ordinary $27.70
State plate reissue fee: Ordinary $16.75
State plate remake fee: Ordinary (may include Government and farm plates) $36.90
LBU_F_VL_E45_AppPlateRemakeTfr.pdf icon Application for plate remake/transfer (Form E45) Kb

  Retaining state series plates

A person may retain their current state series plates for re-issue on another vehicle by requesting for them to be retained at the time of surrendering.

The plates will be physically retained for 90 days from the date of retention. A fee applies when re-issuing the plates onto another vehicle.

If the plates have not been re-issued within 90 days, they will be destroyed and a remake fee will be payable should you wish to have them re-issued to another vehicle.

An electronic record of retained ownership of the plates will remain until 365 days from the date of retention, unless advised by you that the plates are no longer required or they are issued to a vehicle.

Please note that retained state series plates may only be re-issued onto a vehicle owned by the same person or a member of the owner's immediate family upon completion of an Application for plate remake/transfer (Form E45).

Note:

State 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

  State series plate examples

State plate sample
State plate sample

When a vehicle is licensed, it is issued with a set of number plates. The plates that are issued are generally the state series plates, unless a set of optional plates have been purchased. See PlatesWA.

All state 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.

  • Vehicle plates: 1AAA000 to 1AAA999, 1AAB000 to 1AAB999
  • Trailer plates: 1TAA000 to 1TAA999, 1TAB000 to 1TAB999
  • Motorcycle plates: 1AA000 to 1AA999, 1AB000 to 1AB999

  Transferring or swapping state series plates

State 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 state 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 Replace lost/stolen number 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.

When a bicycle rack, wheelchair carrier or other device is fitted to the towbar of the vehicle and it or the load obscures the visibility of the rear number plate, an auxiliary plate should be securely affixed in an upright position parallel to the vehicle axles, no higher than the vehicle roof line so that it is clearly visible to the rear. Auxiliary plates are manufactured with mounting holes and slots pre-drilled to assist with options to affix the plate to the carrier or load.

What do I do with my auxiliary plate when I am not displaying it on my vehicle?

We suggest you keep your auxiliary plate in a safe and secure location when not in use.

What happens if I lose my auxiliary plate or it is stolen or damaged?

Where an auxiliary plate is lost, stolen or damaged but the existing vehicle number plates are intact you can apply and pay for a new auxiliary plate through your DoTDirect online account.

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

 

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