WA State Licensing: Limousines

Limousines

You must have a limousine endorsement to transport passengers on a prearranged, contract basis to a specific destination or for a particular itinerary, in any of the following types of vehicles:

  • Stretch limousine: An automobile with a seating capacity of 4–14 passengers in the rear seating area and a maximum wheelbase of 285 inches.
  • Executive sedan: A four-door sedan with a seating capacity of no more than 3 passengers behind the driver, and a minimum wheelbase of 114.5 inches.
  • Executive van: A van, minivan, or minibus having a seating capacity of 7–14 passengers behind the driver.
  • Classic car: A fine or distinctive automobile that is 30 years old or older.
  • Executive sport utility vehicle: A sport utility vehicle with a seating capacity behind the driver of 3–6 passengers and a minimum wheelbase of 116 inches.
  • Stretch sport utility vehicle: A sport utility vehicle with a seating capacity behind the driver of 4–14 passengers and a maximum wheelbase of 325 inches that has been factory altered beyond the original manufacturer’s specifications.

Requirements

Limousine carriers

When applying for a Limousine Carrier endorsement, make sure that:

  • the same owner name is on the Business License Application, Vehicle Registration Certificate, and Insurance Certificate.
  • the Vehicle Registration Certificate for all vehicles to be used for your business show a Use Class of “F/H.”
  • the Certificate of Insurance:
    • Includes your policy number.
    • Has policy effective and expiration dates that show current coverage.
    • Displays the name of the insurance company.
    • Shows minimum combined single limit coverage of $1,050,000.
    • Shows the year, make and complete VIN number of each car, which must match vehicle registration certificates.
    • Lists the certificate holder as State of Washington, Department of Licensing, PO Box 9027, Olympia, WA 98507-9027.
  • Note: More licensing information can be found in the Business Bulletin Obtaining Your Limousine Carrier License and Vehicle Certificates.

Chauffeurs

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 an approved chauffeur training course,
  • Passed a written examination for the training 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.

Post your license

A license must be posted at each location where the licensee operates. You may not begin this business activity until you receive a Business License listing the required endorsement(s).

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:

  • Online with My DOR. My DOR works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

    1. Login using your Secure Access Washington (SAW) user ID. If you don’t have a user ID or aren’t sure, see if you have an account first before signing up.
    2. Once logged in, add My DOR to your list of services, then open My DOR.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

      If you do not have an existing business

      1. Click File Business License Application. Be sure to select the endorsements for which you wish to apply.

      If you have an existing business

      1. If you haven’t already, add access to your business. You’ll need a UBI number and letter ID.
      2. Click on the business you want to apply for a license/endorsement under, then click on the location.
      3. Click Add License Endorsements/Employees.
  • You can pay using an E–check or a major credit card (gift cards can’t be used).


    Find more help for using My DOR, including video tutorials.


  • By mail
    1. Complete the following
    2. Mail your completed forms with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:

      State of Washington
      Business Licensing Service
      PO Box 9034
      Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Fees

Specialty endorsement Fee
Limousine carrier business $350
Vehicle certificate and decal $75 per vehicle
Vehicle inspection report $25 per vehicle, per inspection
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application $19 (non-refundable)

Vehicle certificates and decals

Special Needs Vehicle Certificate

You must have a Special Needs Vehicle Certificate to authorize the use of rented or leased vehicles not owned by your business for less than 30 days. A separate certificate is required for each rented or leased vehicle operated as a limousine.

Change a vehicle certificate

To make any changes to a vehicle certificate, submit the requested change in writing, along with a $20 fee per vehicle (check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue”), to:

  • Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Replace a lost or destroyed vehicle certificate

  • To replace a lost or destroyed regular vehicle certificate, contact Business License Service at 360-705-6744.
  • If you lose or destroy a special needs certificate, you must reapply for a new one.

Advertising rules

Your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number must be included on any advertisement for your business.

Regulatory questions

Department of Licensing
Limousines
Phone: 360-664-6466
Fax: 360-570-7053