How to get your license: Taxis and For Hire

Applying for your license

Mail the following:

*The owner name must be the same on the Business License Application, Vehicle Registration, and Certificate of Liability Insurance.


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

We’ll mail your vehicle certificates to the address on your business license in about 3 weeks.

Sample of completed forms

You need a license if…

You transport passengers for a fee in for-hire vehicles, including:

  • Taxicabs:
    • Vehicles that transport people for a fee.
    • Don’t have a fixed route or fixed starting and ending points.
  • Cabulances:
    • Transport riders who are confined to a wheelchair, or
    • Are physically restricted – they can’t be safely transported by public mass transportation, taxicabs, or automobiles.
    • Riders transported by cabulance must:
      • Be stable.
      • Not be incapacitated from medications.
      • Not need oxygen or medical attention en route.
  • Any other vehicles used for transporting passengers for payment.

You don’t need a For Hire License if you…

  • Provide courtesy transportation at no charge to and from parking lots, hotels, and rental offices.
  • Drive vehicles carrying passengers and their baggage or freight, on a regular schedule of time and rates.
  • Drive school buses exclusively under contract with a school district.
  • Drive ride-sharing vehicles (RCW 46.74).
  • Drive vehicles used by a nonprofit organization transporting persons with special needs and their attendants.
  • Drive for limousine carriers**.
  • Drive for auto transportation companies**.
  • Drive for excursion service carriers and charter carriers of passengers**.

**These must have their own licensing requirements.

Taxi / For Hire business license requirements

When applying for a license, make sure that:

  • The same owner name is on the Business License Application, Vehicle Registration Certificate, and Certificate of Liability Insurance.
  • All vehicle registration certificates show a Use Class of “F/H” or “CAB”.
  • The Certificate of Insurance has:
    • Your policy number, name of the insured, and operating name.
    • Effective and expiration dates that show current coverage.
    • The name of the insurance company.
    • A minimum combined single limit coverage of $325,000 or split limit coverage of $300,000/$100,000/$25,000.
    • The year, make, and complete Vehicle ID Number (VIN) of each car. These must match the vehicle registration.
    • The certificate holder as State of Washington, Dept of Licensing, PO Box 9039, Olympia, WA 98507-9039.

Note: Remember to contact our office, in writing, if your address changes.

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