How to get your license: Registered tow truck operator
Who needs a license?
You must have a registered tow truck operator (RTTO) license if your business:
- Transports, impounds, or stores unauthorized vehicles.
- Disposes of abandoned vehicles.
To get a license, you must have:
- A $5,000 bond.
- The name of the principal on the bond must be exactly the same as both the business owner name and the business firm name.
- All bonds must be signed by the applicant and the attorney-in-fact for the bonding company.
- Bonds are available through many insurance companies. It’s a good idea to research the cost of your bond before you apply for a license.
- A driver list, with the names and addresses of all employees who will drive a tow truck.
- $100,000 liability for bodily injury or property damage.
- $50,000 garage keepers and $50,000 on hook or cargo, for liability against damage to vehicles while they’re in your custody.
- A facilities and equipment inspection
- You must arrange to have all your business facilities and equipment inspected by the Washington State Patrol before submitting your license application.
- Submit the inspection report with your license application.
- The following completed forms:
Tow truck requirements
Each tow truck must have a valid permit.
How to apply
- Mail all the application materials listed above with a check or money order for the fees (payable to the Department of Revenue) to:
State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
- Once all your paperwork is received and correct, we’ll issue your license in 3–4 weeks.
Note: Please let us know, in writing, if you have a change of address so we can reach you with information about your license.