Limo inspections & insurance requirements

Your limousine must pass inspection before you can get or renew a state limousine license to operate in Seattle or King County. At your inspection, you will need to provide:

  • valid vehicle registration
  • valid certificate of insurance
  • $25 inspection fee (cash, check or money order)

All limousine companies must have a Seattle business license. Self-employed drivers who work as contractors must also have a business license. For more information, see get a business license.

To apply for a limousine license or renew a license, visit the Washington State Department of Licensing.

Schedule a limo inspection

To schedule a limo inspection, call the Seattle Consumer Affairs Unit at 206-386-1268. You can also reach us at limogeneral@seattle.gov.

 Schedule your limo inspection as soon as possible. Depending on
     demand, the wait time to get your vehicle inspected could be
     up to two months long.

Do not miss your scheduled appointment time. Missing an appointment requires rescheduling and a longer wait to get your license.

Common problems in failed inspections

Failing your limo inspection means you will have to wait longer to get your limo license. Make sure you don't fail your inspection by fixing these common problems:

  • dirty carpets
  • dirty trunk or passenger seating area
  • front window tinting
  • inoperative clearance or side marker lights
  • inoperative defrost, defogger or air conditioning
  • inoperative door locks or door pulls
  • inoperative license plate lamp
  • inoperative parking brake
  • inoperative turn signal lights
  • missing tire jack, jack handle or lug wrench

To help prepare for your inspection, review the Seattle limousine vehicle inspection form.

Limo insurance requirements

The minimum combined single limit coverage for bodily injury liability and property damage for one accident is $1,050,000.

Always keep a copy of your insurance certificate in your vehicle. Also, you must have your insurance agent email an original insurance certificate to limoinsurance@seattle.gov.

The insurance certificate must include:

  • limousine carrier name as it appears on the business license
  • coverage effective date and expiration date
  • insurance company name
  • coverage and limit amounts
  • 30-day department notification clause
  • policy number
  • year, make, model and identification number (VIN) of each vehicle

Limousines operating in Seattle must list the Consumer Affairs Unit as a certificate holder:

Consumer Affairs Unit
805 S. Dearborn St.
Seattle, WA 98134
206-386-1268

Contact us if you have questions about insurance requirements. For complete legal details about insurance coverage, see WAC 308-83-115.