Governor signs Dent’s specialty aviation license plate bill into law

Those who want to show their support for Washington's aviation industry will now be able to do so with a specialty aviation license plate.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1400 into law on Friday. The measure was prime-sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, who has more than 40 years of professional flying experience. The proceeds of the license plates will go toward developing and improving infrastructure needs at public-use and publicly owned airports.

“Flying has been a big part of my life and the aviation industry has a long and significant history in Washington. Boeing recently celebrated their 100th anniversary in Washington and the amount of economic activity the aviation and aerospace industry generates is in the billions. I wanted to give back to an industry that has done so much for me and our state,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “I felt a specialty plate was a great way to do that. When we did some research, we found there was strong support for it. We have aviation or aerospace-related companies in 35 of 39 counties.”

Dent said the special license plate received 3,500 signatures of support in 10 days when they were trying to gauge the level of support for a specialized plate. In Colorado, it took several months for them to get approximately 3,000 signatures despite the state having about the same number of pilots as Washington state.

The aviation license plate will cost $40 and should be available in late July.

The regular legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 23.

Aviation license plate

PHOTO: Preliminary design of the Washington aviation license plate.


Washington State House Republican Communications