Vintage Washington State vehicle registration cards

Below are some of the registration cards I have collected.  My goal is to obtain one from every year to trace the evolution of the forms.

The original motor vehicle law placed vehicle registration under the purview of the Secretary of State, where it remained until the Department of Licensing was established on April 1, 1921.   The 1922 license shown below is the first to reference the Department of Licensing.

It’s also interesting to note that from 1922 to 1930, the design of these forms were subjected to the Kafkaesque Department of Efficiency.

1910  |  License number 5582

Issued to: James Henry, Seattle

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1913  |  License number 17570

Issued to: S A McGuire, Clarkston

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1914  |  License number 17570

Issued to: S A McGuire, Clarkston

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1915  |  License number 17570

Issued to: S A McGuire, Clarkston

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1919  |  License number 49877

Issued to: Fred Engle, 945 22nd Ave, Seattle

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1920 |  License number 141747 (truck)

Issued to: D.A. McDonald, Wapato

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1921 (to March 1)  |  License number 97399 (green)

Issued to: D F Chamberlain, 1409 25th Ave N, Seattle

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1921 (to Dec 31)  |  License number 70973 (gray)

Issued to: Douglas F Chamberlain, 1409 25th Ave N, Seattle

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1922  |  License number 6248

Issued to: C.R. Startin, Dayton

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1923  |  License number 2226 (motorcycle)

Issued to: Karl Gunther, 201 W. 2nd, Cle Elum

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1924  |  License number 379892 (truck)

Issued to: Horace E Partain, Camp Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord)

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1926  |  License number 41-289

Issued to: Mary A. Kane, R.3, Box 62, Puyallup

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1927  |  License number 155-688

Issued to: I E Hetzel, 262 21st Ave, Longview

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1928 |  License number 147-967

Issued to: A L Leach, 1505 Harris Ave, Bellingham

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1929  |  License number 131-753

Issued to: Oscar Magnuson, 2901 South 7th St., Tacoma

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1930  |  License number 170-618

Issued to: Harry D Taylor, 1820 Terry Ave, Seattle

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1931  |  License number 249-973

Issued to: Mrs John Gaino, Dupont

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1932  |  License number 21-976

Issued to: Axel & Hulda Larson, 3002 Main St, Vancouver

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1933  |  License number 339-840

Issued to: R J Lenerville, 5231 1/2 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma

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1934  |  License number 187-100

Issued to: N Q Barton, Route 2, Blaine

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1939  |  License number A-105-331

Issued to: Michael J Comber, Rt 1, Bothell

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1951  |  License number H-5493

Issued to: Eddie Bazinet, Route 1, Onalaska

This certificate is the for the renewal of a 1950 Washington license plate.  The serial number of the 1951 tab is noted at the top right, with the license plate number of H-5493 below it.  Also interesting is the fact that the owner resided in Lewis County, but the car’s license plate prefix of H indicates the plate was issued in Grays Harbor County.  Either the owner moved, or had initially licensed the car at the Aberdeen licensing office instead of the Chehalis office.

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1960  |  License number CFL 434

Issued to: Melpa Scales, 9312 N. Howard, Spokane

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1963  |  License number JAH 575

Issued to: Darrell G Geidel, Fort Lewis

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1970  |  License number OFG 877

Issued to: Donald Y Aoki, 1771 Sturgus Ave S, Seattle

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1971  |  License number WSP 698

Issued to: Washington State Patrol

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