Paper license plates to be issued due to license plate shortage

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A state wide shortage of license plates is resulting in licensing agents planning to issue passenger vehicle licensing customers with temporary paper plates.

The paper plates will be good for 60 days and must be displayed the same way temporary plates are displayed when a car is bought from a dealer.

License tabs will also be issued and should be attached to the metal plates when they are available.

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down license plate production at the Department of Corrections and due to the shortage they have increased staffing and outsourced production to another state starting on July 31.

The Department of Licensing has not said when the license plate supply chain would be restored.