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.

To: 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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