How to get your license: Limousines
The applicant/licensee must comply with all applicable laws and rules, even if not covered below.
Who needs a license?
Anyone who transports passengers on a prearranged contract basis to a specific destination in these vehicle types:
|Type||Passenger seating behind driver||Requirements|
|Stretch limousine||4 - 14||
|Stretch sports utility vehicle (SUV)||4 - 14||
|Executive 4-door sedan||3 or less||
|Executive SUV||3 - 6||
|Executive van or minivan||5 - 14||N/A|
Note: All limousines must be chauffeur-driven, unmetered, and unmarked luxury vehicles.
If the following name requirements are not met, it will cause a delay in processing your application:
- The business application, the vehicle registration certificates, and the certificate of liability insurance document must include the entity name.
- A DBA is not required, but if it is included on the business application, then it must also be included on the vehicle registration certificates and the certificate of liability insurance document.
- The entity name (and DBA, if applicable) must be the same or very similar on all documents.
How to apply
We issue this license, but it's processed by the Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Service (BLS). BLS prints it on the business license they provide. They refer to licenses issued by us as endorsements to the business license.
Apply online with the Department of Revenue
What you'll need
- Supporting documents shown below, ready for upload
- Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit/debit card (transaction fee charged) or bank account information for E-check to pay:
- Applicable BLS fees
- Limousine license, vehicle certificate, and inspection fees
- Inspection fee due only if vehicles were inspected by Washington State Patrol
Want to apply by mail?
- Complete or obtain the following:
- Business License Application
- Supporting documents shown below
- Mail the completed forms and supporting documents with a check/money order payable to the Department of Revenue for the BLS fees, the limousine license, vehicle certificate, and inspection fees (inspection fee is due only if vehicles were inspected by Washington State Patrol) to:
State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
Supporting documents for your application
- Limousine Carrier Chauffeur Addendum
- Vehicle inspection report for each limousine. Schedule inspections as soon as possible at:
- WA State Patrol inspection location or City of Seattle (www.seattle.gov)
- We accept reports up to 4 months old
- Vehicle registration certificates - Copy for each limousine with Use Class of "F/H." See a sample registration
- Certificate of liability insurance showing:
- Policy number
- Name of the insured (business owner name)
- Effective and expiration dates
- Insurance company name - Company must be approved to do business in WA
- $1,050,000 minimum combined single limit coverage
- Year, make and VIN of each car. VIN must match vehicle registration
- The certificate holder box must say:
State of Washington
Dept. of Licensing
PO Box 9039
Olympia, WA 98507-9039
After you apply
After all correct documents have been received, we will send your license and vehicle certificates to the address on file within 14 business days.
Limousine carriers have important recordkeeping requirements for their business, vehicles, and chauffeurs. For more information, see Recordkeeping and business practices.
A limousine carrier must keep on file and make available for inspection proof that each chauffeur:
- Is at least 21 years of age,
- Holds a valid Washington State Driver License,
- Has passed an initial test and is participating in a random drug testing program,
- Has a satisfactory driving record,
- Completed and passed the 4 (or more) hour National Safety Council Defensive (NSCDD) course,
- Has results of a background check of the chauffeur performed by the Washington State Patrol,
- Has a medical certificate certifying the individual's fitness to be a chauffeur. A new exam and medical certificate is required every 2 years.
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- Vehicle certificates and decals
- RCW 46.72A.090 - Chauffeurs - Criteria for, physical exams
- Port of Seattle Cruise Terminal Enforcement Notice
- National Safety Council Defensive Driving Safety Training (nsc.org)