How to get your license: Limousines

Who needs a license?

You do, if you to transport passengers on a prearranged contract basis to a specific destination in the following vehicle types:

  • Stretch limousine: Has a seating capacity of 4–14 passengers in the rear seating area, and a maximum wheelbase of 285 inches.
  • Executive 4-door sedan: Has a seating capacity behind the driver of no more than 3 passengers, and a minimum wheelbase of 114.5 inches.
  • Executive van or minivan: Has a seating capacity behind the driver of 7–14 passengers.
  • Classic car: A fine or distinctive automobile that is 30 years old or older.
  • Executive sport utility vehicle (SUV): Has a seating capacity behind the driver of 3–6 passengers, and a minimum wheelbase of 116 inches.
  • Stretch SUV: Has a seating capacity behind the driver of 4–14 passengers and a maximum wheelbase of 325 inches, that has been factory altered beyond the original manufacturer’s specifications.

Requirements for limousine carriers

When applying for a license, make sure that:

  • The same owner name is on the Business License Application, Vehicle Registration Certificate, and Insurance Certificate.
  • All Vehicle Registration Certificates show a Use Class of “F/H.”
  • The Certificate of Insurance has:
    • Your policy number.
    • Effective and expiration dates.
    • Name of the insurance company.
    • Minimum combined single limit coverage of $1,050,000.
    • Year, make, and complete Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of each car. These must match the vehicle registration certificates.
    • The certificate holder as State of Washington, Dept of Licensing, PO Box 9027, Olympia, WA 98507-9027.

Chauffeur certification requirements

You must notify the Department of Licensing that all your chauffeurs are qualified. To notify us:

  1. Complete a Limousine Carrier Chauffeur Addendum (Dept of Revenue).
  2. Include a copy of the front and back of each chauffeur’s driver license.
  3. Mail the completed form and copies of driver licenses to:
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034

How to apply for a license

  1. Complete these forms:
  2. Gather all the following documents:
    • Copy of the vehicle registration for each vehicle.
    • Certificate of Insurance.
    • Vehicle inspection report:
      • Get your limousine vehicle inspection at a WA State Patrol location or the City of Seattle.
      • Schedule your inspection as soon as possible — there’s often a waiting list.
      • We accept reports up to 4 months old with your application.
  3. Submit your completed forms, documents, and fee (check or money order to: Dept of Revenue) to:
    State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034
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