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Most King County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  
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In-person services closed

The King County Licensing Office, located in the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle, is currently closed for walk-in service. Please contact your taxi association, for-hire company, or TNC company for updates. You can also review how we have temporarily adjusted services, email questions to forhiredriver@kingcounty.gov, or call us at 206-263-1982.
Our 2019 For-Hire Transportation Annual Report is now available!

All for-hire drivers, vehicles, and the companies they drive for must be approved by King County and follow King County for-hire transportation regulations and rules. In addition to the overview of for-hire transportation below, you can review our detailed list of licensed/registered providers.

Transportation network companies (TNC)

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TNCs are app-based ride services with fares set by the TNC. They connect riders with drivers, and accept only electronic payment, through a smartphone app. Currently licensed providers:

CiRide
Hop, Skip, Drive
Lyft
Uber
Via
Wingz
Zum

Taxis

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Taxicabs are painted one solid color and can be hailed from the street or dispatched from a phone call. Fares are calculated based on time and distance, measured by a taximeter. Currently licensed providers:

A1
Cuddy's Taxi
E-Cab
Farwest
Greencab
One Taxi and For Hire
Orange
Royal Cab
STITA
Yellow Cab

For-hire or flat-rate vehicles

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Unlike taxis, for-hire vehicles charge a fixed fare per trip (based on pick up and drop off zip-codes in a published rate book) and are painted at least two colors. Currently licensed providers:

Apple
Flat Rate For Hire
One Taxi and For Hire
Primo
United
Green For-Hire and Wheelchair Services

Limousines, town cars, executive vehicles, luxury vehicles, and classic cars are not regulated by King County. Visit Washington State Department of Licensing to learn more about these services.

206-263-1982

TTY Relay 711

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday thru Friday