Driver application process
Step by Step Guide on obtaining a For-Hire License or For-Hire Permit
I am a first-time applicant:
- Complete the *For-Hire eTraining
- Study for the exam by downloading the For-Hire Study-Guide and take the Online For-Hire Practice Examination
- Successfully pass the *Online For-Hire Examination (score 80% or higher or answer a min. of 32 questions correctly)
- Complete the "DDC Online, 4 hour" Defensive Driving Course, available in English or Spanish, certified by the National Safety Council (NSC) (New Student / Returning Student). From the date of your application submittal, you have 60 days to complete this course.
I am renewing my license:
- Drivers who are renewing their for-hire license do not need to retake the training, testing, or DDC. In addition, fingerprinting is not required as long as for-hire license is valid.
Note: After paying for your application fee in-person, you will be provided with a request form to take to the King County Sheriff's office for fingerprinting. The Sheriff's office is open and available to process Monday to Friday from 8:30am--2:30pm, and from 9:30am--2:30pm on the last Wednesday of the month.
- Completed Taxi and For-Hire Driver's License Application
- Copy of valid Washington State Driver's License
- Home state driver's license with active Military ID or Student ID with proof of full-time endorsement and non-resident status may be an acceptable alternative, subject to review and approval.
- Pay license application fee (cash or credit)
- Your for-hire license will be sent to the mailing address provided.
Information on how to obtain a For-Hire Driver Permit (TNC)
Step by Step Guide for New and Existing DriversStep 1: Apply with a TNC
In order to obtain a for-hire permit, the driver must first be contracted with a TNC.Step 2: Vehicle Inspection
The driver will need to obtain a vehicle safety inspection performed by a city-approved mechanic.Step 3: Pick-up your For-Hire Permit
The TNC will send the for-hire permit application on behalf of the driver to King County's Records and Licensing Services Division. Once the application has been verified and approved, the TNC will contact the driver to confirm pick-up time and place for the for-hire driver permit and vehicle endorsement decal(s).Step 4: DDC Training
The Defensive Driving Course (DDC Online, 4 hour, available in English/Spanish) is a 4-hour online course provided by the National Safety Council. Please check with your TNC as some may require completion as part of their on-boarding process, while others may be able to provide an already purchased key access code.Step 5: Renewing your For-Hire Permit?
Make sure to update your information with your TNC and provide them with an updated vehicle inspection (Step 1 - Step 3). The DDC (Step 4) applies to first-time applicants only.