Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    New optional plate offering for much-loved District combinations

    12/11/2021 9:00 AM
    • District number plates can be converted to optional plates from December 6
    • Conversion will allow plate holders ability to display, trade and replace if lost or stolen
    • 131 District number plate prefixes in WA stretching from Wyndham to Albany
    • District plates have been issued for more than 50 years 

    Western Australians who currently hold a District series number plate can now choose to convert their plate combination to an optional plate to access a range of benefits.  


    There are 131 District number plate prefixes in WA, from Wyndham (WY) in the north to Albany (A) in the State's south.


    A number of metropolitan areas, including Kwinana (KWN), Mandurah (MH) and Rockingham (RO), also have their own prefix.


    Each prefix indicates the area or Shire where the plate originated and these have been issued to local residents in numeric order for more than 50 years.


    This long history means many people with District plates have a strong affinity with their plate combination, with some having been in families for generations.


    Over the years there has been strong interest from the community to preserve plate combinations for future generations.


    From December 6, the Department of Transport will be offering people who currently have eligible District series number plates the choice to convert to an optional plate with the right to display and trade, for a fee of $175.00. This would mean the plate holder owns the combination and can sell it. It would also mean the plate can be replaced if lost or stolen.


    People who choose to convert their plate can do this quickly and easily by calling 13 11 56 or visiting their local Department of Transport Services Centre or licensing agent.


    For more information, please visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "District number plates have long been a source of great pride and history for many Western Australians, so I am excited to offer them the opportunity to own the combination they know and love by converting it to an optional plate.


    "We have listened to our customers in introducing this option and I am confident it will be welcomed by many people eager to enjoy the benefits of an optional plate, while retaining their District plate combination.


    "This is great news and I hope the community continue to display their District plates with pride."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500