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Fuel licenses: Dyed diesel user

Things to know

The Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) online system is now available. It's an easier and faster way to manage your fuel tax accounts. Register your account through TAP.

Who needs a license?

You need a license if you drive on public roads or highways using special dyed fuel. Dyed diesel users are government agencies or organizations approved by us, such as:

  • Public school districts
  • Nonprofit educational organizations
  • Government agencies

How to get your license

  1. Complete a Dyed Diesel User Application.
  2. Send the completed application to the address or fax number on the form.
  3. Once we process your application, we'll send you a copy of:
    • Your license
    • Your first tax return
    • Instructions

Recordkeeping requirements

You need to keep detailed mileage records for each vehicle using dyed fuel on public roadways. These records must include on-road and off-road use on a daily basis.

How to file your tax return

Complete a Dyed Diesel Fuel User Tax Return and:

  • If you're including a payment, mail your completed return and a check to:
    Prorate and Fuel Tax
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9048
    Olympia, WA 98507-9048
  • If you're sending only your return (without a payment), mail or fax it to:
    • Mail:
      Fuel Tax Section
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9228
      Olympia, WA 98507-9228
    • Fax: 360.570.7839 or 360.586.9729

For more information about completing your return, see Dyed Diesel Tax Return Instructions.

Reporting due dates
Reporting period Report and payment due
January - March 2016 April 25, 2016
April - June 2016 July 25, 2016
July - September 2016 October 25, 2016
October - December 2016 January 25, 2017
January - March 2017 April 25, 2017
April - June 2017 July 25, 2017
July - September 2017 October 25, 2017
October - December 2017 January 25, 2018
Late payments
If your payment isn't received by You'll owe
Due date 10% penalty on the tax owed
1st of the following month Interest of 1% per month

Refund for tax-paid non-dyed (clear) diesel

You might be eligible for a refund of the Washington State fuel tax:

  • As a non-profit or government entity who bought at least 41 gallons of Washington tax–paid fuel in the past 13 months; and,
  • You used it for off road activities like:
    • boating
    • construction
    • farming
    • logging
    • landscape/lawn maintenance
    • export
    • auxiliary equipment such as the dumping mechanism on a dump truck, or the boom on a boom truck

If you answered "Yes" to the requirements directly above, visit the Fuel Tax Refund page for more information about filing for a refund.

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