Medallions

Medallion renewal

The 2019 medallion renewal period runs May 1-July 1, 2019. Please read the information below carefully, as we've made changes to some of our medallion renewal processes.

Location and appointments

We will process renewals by appointment at our office at 805 S. Dearborn St. Find your medallion number on the renewal schedule for the apponitment time assigned to your medallion. If you miss your appointment time, we will process walk-in renewals on Fridays (during the renewal period). Please note that we will process Friday renewals on a first-come, first-served basis.

Medallion holders

To complete the renewals, all owners of each medallion must come, in person, to their appointment and have the following items ready:

  • A personal email account. We ask that all owners create an email account if they don't have one already.
  • Identification.
  • Original vehicle registration.

Taxi associations and for-hire companies

Prior to renewals, each association/company needs to designate one email address that will receive notifications for every medallion renewed under your association/company. Once you have identified a good email address, email the information to elena.blackmore@seattle.gov.

Grace period

We are offering a two-week grace period and are waiving late renewal fees through July 15, 2019.

Medallion lease

Download the medallion lease summary form.

Medallion transfer

If you would like to transfer your medallion to a new owner, please complete the voluntary medallion transfer form and submit to the Consumer Protection Unit. Note that before a medallion can be transferred, all outstanding wheelchair-accessible services fees must be paid, and there will be a mandatory 10-day waiting period.

All proposed medallion transfers shall be listed in the table below within two days of submission to the Consumer Protection. By rule, no medallion may be transferred before the proposed transfer date. If you would like to receive notice of updates to this list, click this link to subscribe to the data set via email or RSS feed.

Frequently asked questions

As of Feb. 1, 2015, all taxicab and for-hire vehicle licenses converted to medallions, as required by Seattle Municipal Code 6.310.135.A and/or King County Code 6.64.101.A. You will receive your medallion certificate after you complete the Medallion Application, pay the $100 medallion administrative fee for each jurisdiction and pay any outstanding balances.

The City is administering the medallion conversion process on behalf of King County.

Yes. By law, on Feb. 1, 2015, all licenses converted to medallions.

No. If you do not participate in the license conversion in February 2015, your medallion still exists and belongs to you. You must renew your medallions on an annual basis. At the time of your 2016 renewal, you will need to pay the $100 medallion conversion fee per jurisdiction and any outstanding balances along with your $500 renewal fee.

It is required by law. Seattle Municipal Code 6.310.135.B describes this requirement:

                B.            Effective February 1, 2015, existing taxicab or for-hire vehicle license holders shall receive one medallion for each taxicab or for-hire vehicle license upon payment of a one-time administrative fee of $100.00. Failure to pay this administrative fee shall result in the denial of the renewal of a taxicab or for-hire vehicle license.

King County Code 6.64.101.B describes this requirement:

            B.         Persons holding taxicab or for-hire vehicle licenses as of February 1, 2015, shall receive one medallion for each taxicab or for-hire vehicle license upon payment of a one-time administrative fee of one hundred dollars. Failure to pay this fee shall result in the denial of the renewal of a taxicab or for-hire vehicle license.

The renewal of your taxicab or for-hire vehicle license will be denied.  No transactions involving that medallion shall be accepted.

Yes. You will be able to do this once you receive your permanent medallion certificate. Director's Rule CPU-02-2015 describes the voluntary transfer process.

No. Your medallion is intangible property that gives the medallion owner the right to operate a taxicab or for-hire vehicle bearing that medallion number. You can change the vehicle operating under a medallion without affecting that medallion.