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Application fees

Application fees

First-time and renewing applicants

King County processes applications and collects for-hire driver license fees for King County and on behalf of the City of Seattle.


There are no application fees associated with obtaining a for-hire permit. The Licensing and Regulation fee is paid through a “per-trip fee” of $0.23 (County) or $0.08 (City of Seattle) collected by the TNC. The TNC also pays a $0.10 per-trip fee for the Wheelchair Accessible Services Fund.

FOR-HIRE LICENSE (Taxi & For-Hire drivers)

Annual regional for-hire driver license fee - County


Annual regional for-hire driver license fee - City


Third-party background check fee


Third-party driving history report fee





License/permit replacement


License late fee - County & City


National Safety Council’s DDC Online Exam: the fee is discounted if you add it to your license application

$9 if added to application

$41.25 direct with DDC

City of Seattle Business License

Starting at $68

*Note: If using a credit card, there is a convenience fee that is charged by our banking service provider as well as the credit card interchanges that facilitate the transaction. No part of the convenience fee goes to King County.


TTY Relay 711

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