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How to dispose of old car license plates??

Started 1365181701.127 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1365277584.85 by vw vixen

Every 8 years in the state of Washington you are automatically sent two new license plates for your car with new numbers. You are not asked if you want them... they send them automatically. There is NOTHING wrong with the old ones... they do not seem to wear out. Seems wasteful to me... But ANYWAY.... They( the state) does not tell you what to do with the old ones. The plates are made of heavy metal of some kind and are not recyclable. I think just throwing them out in the garbage could be a bad thing as someone could put them on a car to rob a bank or something and they still could be traced to you even though you have new plates... I figure the only safe way to dispose of them is to bury them in my yard somewhere... Anyone else have any better ideas? I really do not want to just leave them in the garage as I have enough junk already! This issue has always bothered me as I do keep my cars for about 15 years or more( unlike most people probably!) so I usually get several new sets of plates.

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Topaz Gem1365182072.18316383 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007Scenic New Hampshire

Tack them to the walls of your garage??? {#emotions_dlg.lol}

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tansy1365182118.7428125 PostsRegistered 4/19/2005

A bit overdone now but you could make metal roofs for bird housesSmile

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Topaz Gem1365182178.9916383 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007Scenic New Hampshire

Dispose of old plates:

If you replace any type of license plate except those listed below, you may dispose of the old plates in any of the following ways:

  • Take them to your local vehicle licensing office.
  • Mail them to us at:
    Department of Licensing
    1125 Washington St SE
    Olympia, WA 98504
  • Remove or invalidate the month and year tabs, bend the plates so they can’t be used on a vehicle, and recycle them so they can’t be confused with a valid Washington license plate. Don’t put them in curbside recycling unless you contact the recycler first to see if the plates will be accepted.
  • Remove or invalidate the month and year tabs and keep the plates. They can’t be displayed on a vehicle.
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Charming11365182186.7071580 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007

Aren't you suppose to turn them into the DMV? Did your check the dmw website for your state for info?

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Topaz Gem1365182246.49716383 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007Scenic New Hampshire
On 4/5/2013 tansy said:

A bit overdone now but you could make metal roofs for bird housesSmile

I think that's a great idea.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~ Albert Camus








VanSleepy1365182294.843048 PostsRegistered 10/5/2010
I always thought you were supposed to turn them in at the DMV.

Charming11365182532.0871580 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007

One time I turned in old plates to the dmw and got a receipt for doing so. Then a number of years later I received a parking ticket in the mail on those plates. Good thing I had the receipt to show I no longer had them.

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deepwaterd­otter1365183292.0113118 PostsRegistered 9/1/2005America's Dairyland

Tin snips?

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gazelle771365183361.38710026 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013

Thanks for the responses! I never have checked with the DMV as they never send any info with the new plates about what to do with the old ones. Guess that is what I will do IF I ever get around to it.... I think I will just bury them in my huge back yardSmile

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You're braver than you believe
And stronger than you seem
And smarter than you think~
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BonnieBelle1365183753.2819672 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007

In my state they have to be returned to the DMV or they suspend your license.

gazelle771365184050.71310026 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013
On 4/5/2013 BonnieBelle said:

In my state they have to be returned to the DMV or they suspend your license.


Does your state send info with the new plates informing you of this and what to do? I can not see where the state would have any way to suspend your license if they just send out plates to you with no information about what to do with the old plates. I have been sent many plates over the years and have just disposed of them... have not heard from the state saying WHERE ARE THOSE OLD PLATES BY THE WAY??

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And stronger than you seem
And smarter than you think~
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madzonie1365184123.695144 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

Can they be recycled with metals?

gazelle771365184207.38710026 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013
On 4/5/2013 madzonie said:

Can they be recycled with metals?


Not in Washington with the recycle... maybe in other States.

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You're braver than you believe
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Hildegarde­ Withers1365185315.80723501 PostsRegistered 7/3/2008

Ask the DMV. I'm sure they would know.


BonnieBelle1365186768.03319672 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007
On 4/5/2013 gazelle77 said:
On 4/5/2013 BonnieBelle said:

In my state they have to be returned to the DMV or they suspend your license.


Does your state send info with the new plates informing you of this and what to do? I can not see where the state would have any way to suspend your license if they just send out plates to you with no information about what to do with the old plates. I have been sent many plates over the years and have just disposed of them... have not heard from the state saying WHERE ARE THOSE OLD PLATES BY THE WAY??

You would have to check the DMV website for your state or call or go to your local DMV office. Your state is totally different than mine. My state never sends you new plates, you just renew your registration every two years and keep the same plates. We have plates on two of our vehicles that are ten to fifteen years old, we just transfer them when we get a different vehicle.

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RedTop1365189234.1634813 PostsRegistered 9/1/2010

I live in southern WV, and things work much differently here. In this state we only display one license plate, on the rear of the vehicle. We update our registration either yearly, or every 2 years, and pay for a color coded decal to place on the license plate. We use that same license plate until such time as it fades, peels, etc., and then we turn it in to the local DMV office to be deleted from state records in order to get a new plate. I recently had to replace my license plate due to one of the numbers starting to peel off, but had been using that license plate for more than 15 years. WV does not automatically send out new replacement license plates to anyone.

happy hous­ewife1365189505.6933123 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
My DH still has every plate from every car he ever owned.He does have them hanging on the wall in the garage. Now that we live so far from our home state it is nice to see them hanging there.

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gazelle771365190377.43310026 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013

Washington state has the prisoners make the plates... so it is slave labor and I guess they want to keep them working. I can not think of any reason why a State would send out new plates no matter what every 8 years.

~~Always remember--
You're braver than you believe
And stronger than you seem
And smarter than you think~
~Pooh








Charming11365190903.9671580 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007
On 4/5/2013 gazelle77 said:

Washington state has the prisoners make the plates... so it is slave labor and I guess they want to keep them working. I can not think of any reason why a State would send out new plates no matter what every 8 years.

It does seem like a waste.....

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KathyPet1365190969.3038415 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006Beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Virginia does not automatically send new plates either. When I bought a new car a couple of years ago and decided to replace my banged up plates I had to take them to the DMV to get new plates issued.


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sunshine451365199285.7942847 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

in maryland we have to turn our plates in OR transfer them to another car. they then give you a receipt and you can contact your insurance company to remove the car or add a different car.

in california the tags stay with the car you are selling or disposing of OR if they are vanity plates i believe you can keep them and transfer them/return them. you then have to make sure you get a bill of sale so that you have it in your records that you sold the car.

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Maggie No­lia1365199528.414093 PostsRegistered 11/8/2012

Take it to the tag office where you buy your tag(s). They'll destroy it.

In my state, tag remains with the owner (not transferred along with the car), so if you don't return it to the tag office for destruction, you could be liable for unimaginable calamity.





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Shorty2U1365207689.86715268 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007City girl @ heart

We have them hanging in our garage. But we dont have the really old ones, they are long gone. (have no clue where, it was long ago.lol). PS) In PA we only get one and then after that stickers to put on them each time. And when we trade in a car we use the same plate, so we dont accumulate a lot. We have 5.

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Kalli1365208858.8633037 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

Use them for target practice? oh, wait...around here we've got road signs for that.... ;)

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