Not West Seattle-specific but interesting: The Department of Licensing announced today that it’s going to seven-digit plates, from the longtime six digits. Read on for announcement details:
The Department of Licensing (DOL) is in the process of changing
the configuration of numbers on general issue passenger vehicle license
Passenger vehicle license plate numbers, assigned to personal cars and
sport-utility vehicles, are currently made up of three numbers followed
by three letters (111-AAA). In November or early December motorists will
begin seeing a new seven-character plate configuration consisting of a
number, a letter, two more numbers and then three letters (1A11AAA).
Neighborhood vehicle licensing offices around the state will begin
issuing the new seven-character plates after exhausting their stock of
the current six-character plates. This means the new plates will be
available at different times in different locations around the state.
“The decision to use a seven-character plate number wasn’t made in
haste,” DOL Director Liz Luce said. “We began studying our options years
ago and carefully considered our requirements, the needs of law
enforcement, and configurations that have been successful in other
DOL chose a seven-character configuration similar to one used in
California because it provides a very large number of possible
combinations and doesn’t conflict with any plates already issued. After
subtracting combinations DOL does not plan to issue, this configuration
offers more than 350,000,000 possible plate numbers.
License plates with seven characters are not new. Trucks and commercial
vehicles have had seven digit license plates for years. Personalized
license plates, also known as vanity plates, have always been available
with seven characters.
The overall appearance of the passenger vehicle plates will not change.
They will still feature the standard mountain background currently in