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Vehicle and vessel licensing

A service of the Department of Executive Services

Records and Licensing Services Division
King County Administration Building
500 Fourth Ave., Suite 403
Seattle, WA 98104

Vehicle and Vessel Licensing

Taxi, For-Hire, and TNC Licensing

Taxi, For-Hire and TNC Drivers

A King County for-hire license or permit is required of any taxicab, TNC, or for-hire vehicle whose driver(s) operate(s) in the following areas: all of unincorporated King County, Port of Seattle including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (requires port authority) and within the city limits of Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Covington, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, and Shoreline.

Below you will find that we have outlined everything you need in order to apply for either a For-Hire license or permit, or both.

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NOTE: We are continuing to update this page. Please check back often for new information

General Administrative

Training Resources

King County For-Hire Driver Examination

City of Seattle

Codes Governing Taxi, For-Hire, and TNCs


Dec. 5, 2014 -- King County and the Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are working to facilitate the application process for active TNC drivers. Drivers affiliated with TNCs are required to have applied for a For-Hire permit by December 12, 2014. It is the driver's responsibility to submit his/her application through their TNC or directly with King County. If you are driving for more than one TNC, you are only required to have one For-Hire permit and vehicle endorsement.