Washington state license plates prices increase July 1

SEATTLE (AP) — Motorists will pay more for a Washington license plate starting July 1. The Seattle Times reports it’s likely to be the most noticeable change as parts of a $17 billion bill to pay for transportation projects in the state start taking effect. On Friday, the price of a new plate will rise from $10 to $50, while replacing a lost plate will increase from $10 to $30. The price bumps are projected to raise about $2 billion over the next 16 years. The $17 billion will go toward major highway projects, including a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River, and also toward transit and “active transportation” projects for walkers and bikers.