How to get your license: Taxis
Who needs a license?
You do, if you transport passengers for a fee in for-hire vehicles, including:
- Vehicles that transport people for a fee.
- Don’t have a fixed route or fixed starting and ending points.
- 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 for:
- Auto stages.
- School buses operating exclusively under contract with a school district.
- Ride-sharing vehicles (RCW 46.74).
- Licensed limousine carriers (RCW 46.72A).
- Vehicles used:
- By nonprofit organizations to transport elderly or handicapped and their attendants (RCW 81.66).
- By auto transportation companies (RCW 81.68).
- To provide courtesy transportation at no charge to and from parking lots, hotels, and rental offices.
- As excursion service carriers and charter carriers of passengers (RCW 81.70).
How to apply
- Complete these forms:
- Copy of the vehicle registration for each vehicle
- Certificate of Insurance
- Mail your application, documents, and fee (check or money order payable to Department of Revenue):
State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
- When your paperwork is received and correct, we’ll mail your vehicle certificates to the address on your business license. This takes about 3 weeks.
Note: Remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your application. Contact our office, in writing, if your address changes.
Other licensing requirements
- The owner firm/trade name must be the same on the Business License Application, vehicle registration certificate, and insurance.
- The Use Class on the vehicle registration certificate must be “F/H” or “CAB”.
- Insurance information must:
- Include your policy number, name of insured, and operating name.
- Have policy effective and expiration dates that show current coverage.
- Display the name of the insurance company.
- Show minimum combined single limit coverage of $325,000 or split limit coverage of $300,000/$100,000/$25,000.
- Show year, make and complete VIN number of each car, which must match vehicle registration certificate.
- List the certificate holder as State of Washington, Business Licensing Service, PO Box 9034, Olympia, WA 98507-9034.