March 30, 2010
OLYMPIA — Before hiring a limousine or town car to go to the prom or celebrate a special event like a wedding, check to see if it’s licensed and legitimate.
“Washington has many quality limousine companies to choose from, but always check references and make sure the company is licensed before you hire them,” Department of Licensing Director Liz Luce said. “Don’t be taken for a ride by an unlicensed limousine company.”
Limousine operators in Washington are required to be licensed, carry sufficient liability insurance, and undergo annual safety inspections by the Washington State Patrol. Chauffeurs must be at least 21 years of age, hold a valid driver license, complete a certified chauffeur training course and pass a State Patrol background check.
Luce said a simple advertisement in the phone book or newspaper does not guarantee the operator is licensed. Unlicensed limousine operators may not meet state insurance or safety requirements and it can be difficult to hold them accountable if problems arise.
To find out if the limousine service you plan to use is licensed by the state, visit the Department of Licensing website at www.dol.wa.gov. Click on the Business Licensing tab at the top of the page and select, Check status of a business or professional license. If you do not see the business listed, or you do not see it listed as a limousine company, it is likely the operator is providing service without a license and should not be hired. You can also call the department directly at (360) 664-1414.