District series plates

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

  About District series plates

District plate sample
District plate sample

District series number plates have specific characters set by Driver and Vehicle Services. You cannot order a specific number. 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 Shire or District.

All District series plates remain the property of the Director General. It is an offence for a person to fail to return the number plates on demand.

  About Special Local Authority plates

Special Local Authority plates may be available in a wider variety of colours and generally include the logo of the local authority/shire which issues the plate. If you would like to apply for local authority plates, you will need to contact your local authority and make your application directly with them.

At the time of ordering, you nominate which of the Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre, regional DoT office or agent you wish to pick them up from.

Note: Prices for Special Local Authority plates are set by the local authority/shire.


Converting District series plates to optional plates

Eligible District series number plates can be converted to a District series optional plate from Monday 13 December 2021.

The benefits of choosing to convert a District series plate to an optional plate include:

  • The grant of the Certificate of Right to Display and Trade for the plate combination.
  • The holder of the Certificate may sell that right at any price in the open market.
  • The ability to display the plates on a vehicle, whether it is licensed in your name, a third party or an organisation.
  • The ability to remake the plates if they are ever lost or stolen

The District plate conversion fee is $175.

It’s quick and easy to convert by calling our Customer Contact Centre on 13 11 56 or attending any licensing centre or agent state-wide.

  Remake of district series plates

District optional plates can only be remade within the following colour range:

  • 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 for re-issue on another vehicle. 

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 for 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.

Note: retained district 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).

  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.

  Fitting plates to your vehicle

Screws are not supplied with plates issued by DoT.

Standard plates are made of aluminium and have the following dimensions:

  • Motor vehicle plate 372 mm x 134 mm.
  • Motorcycle plate 254 mm x 100 mm.
  • Auxiliary plate 253 mm x 99 mm.

Optional plates are made of aluminium or acrylic and the sizes of the various plate series can be found by visiting PlatesWA, or on the first page of the Optional Plates Application Form.

If optional plates are ordered and the application approved, the plates will not be released until they can be affixed to a licensed vehicle.

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

WA number plates are issued to identify licensed vehicles. If you are responsible for a vehicle, you must ensure that any plate or plates issued are kept rigidly fixed to the vehicle and displayed in line with the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 (WA). WA number plates must not be used for decorative purposes or kept for sentimental reasons. If the plates are no longer in use, they must be returned to the DoT. Failure to do so, may lead to a penalty.

You will need to buy 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

Page last updated: Fri Dec 8 2023 10:10:54 AM