How to get your license: Limousines

Who needs a license?

Anyone who transports passengers on a prearranged contract basis to a destination in these vehicle types:

Type Passenger seating behind driver Requirements
Stretch limousine 4 – 14
  • Includes non-standard amenities, and
  • Wheelbase is 285 inches or less
Stretch sports utility vehicle (SUV) 4 – 14
  • Includes non-standard amenities or is altered beyond original manufacturer’s specifications, and
  • Wheelbase is 325 inches or less
Executive 4-door sedan 3 or less
  • Wheelbase is 114.5 inches or more
Executive SUV 3 – 6
  • Wheelbase is 116 inches or more
Executive van or minivan 7 – 14 N/A
Classic car N/A
  • Must be a fine or distinctive automobile, and
  • at least 30 years old

Before you apply have these documents ready

  • Complete these forms:
  • Vehicle inspection report for each limousine. Schedule inspections as soon as possible at:
  • Each chauffeur’s driver license – Clear copy, front and back
  • Vehicle registration certificates – Copy for each limousine with Use Class of ’F/H’. See sample registration.
  • Certificate of liability insurance* showing:
    • Policy number
    • Name of the insured (business owner name)
    • Effective/expiration dates
    • Insurance company name – Approved to do business in WA
    • $1,050,000 – minimum combined single limit coverage
    • Year, make and VIN of each car. VIN must match vehicle registration
    • The certificate holder box must say: State of Washington, Dept of Licensing, PO Box 9039, Olympia, WA 98507-9039
  • Fee – Check/money order payable to Department of Revenue.

*Your application won’t be processed if the business owner and DBA/trade names are not exactly the same on these 3 documents.

Apply for your license

Mail all documents and fees (check/money order payable to Department of Revenue) to:

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

You’ll get your license or denial letter within 3 weeks.

Keep these documents on file

You must have these documents on file at your business location and available for us to review for each chauffeur (including you, if applicable):

  • WA driver’s license – Clear copy, front and back.
  • Chauffeur training certificate – Signed by us (DOL).
  • Test scores – Written and driving sections of the chauffeur training certified by the training provider.
  • Criminal background results – From WA State Patrol.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examiner’s Certificate – Less than 90 days old. Examiner must meet U.S. DOT standards.
  • Employment driving record – Less than 60 days old. If chauffeur lived in any another state(s) in the last 5 years, have a complete driving record from the other state(s).
  • Drug test report – Less than 90 days old. Testing facility must meet U.S. DOT standards.
  • Random drug testing report or certificate – To show they participate in a random testing program which is done each year before they renew their license. Testing facility must meet U.S. DOT standards.

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