How to get your license: Taxis and For Hire

Who needs a license?

Any individual or business that transports people for a fee in for-hire vehicles, such as:

Type Definition
Taxicabs Transports people for a fee and doesn’t have a fixed route or fixed starting and ending points.
Cabulances Transports people who:
  • are confined to a wheelchair, or
  • are physically restricted – they can’t be safely transported by public transportation, taxicabs or automobiles.
People who are transported by cabulance must:
  • be stable,
  • not be incapacitated from medications, or
  • not need oxygen or medical attention while en route.
And any other vehicles used for transporting passengers for payment unless noted below.

You don’t need a license if you…

Before you apply have these documents ready

  • Complete these forms:
  • Vehicle registration certificates* – Copy for each taxi with Use Class of ’F/H’ or ’CAB’. See sample registration.
  • Certificate of liability insurance* – It must show:
    • Insurance company name – approved to do business in WA
    • Policy number
    • Name of insured (owner name) and operating name (DBA/trade name)
    • Coverage effective and expire dates
    • $325,000 – minimum combined single limit coverage or $300,000/$100,000/$25,000 – split limit coverage
    • Year, make and VIN of each car – VIN must match the registration
    • Certificate holder box shows – State of Washington, Department 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 and vehicle certificates within 3 weeks.

Sample of completed forms

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