Medallions

Medallion renewal

Given the ongoing closure of our public-facing offices, the 2020 medallion renewal period will run from Oct. 12 to Dec. 31, 2020. Please read the information below carefully, as we have made changes to our medallion renewal processes.

Location and appointments

On-line medallion renewals are now available. They may be completed using the Seattle Services Portal.

We will process all other renewals by appointment over the telephone or through email. We will not be publishing a renewal schedule at this time. Instead, we ask that owners email us at taxicab@seattle.gov or call us at (206) 386-1268 to schedule an appointment for assistance with renewing medallions over the telephone. Appointments will be scheduled for one hour from 8:15am until 3:30pm Monday through Friday on a first come, first served basis.

Medallion holders 

Please take a few minutes to prepare for your appointment ahead of time by making sure:

  • You have an email address
  • Your ID (driver's license or passport) is available (this will be verified over the telephone)
  • A picture of the vehicle registration has been emailed to taxicab@seattle.gov 
  • The vehicle associated with the medallion passed a safety inspection in 2020. (This does not need to be sent in, we will verify the inspection.)
  • If you are adding a vehicle with a rebuilt title that has never been in taxi or for-hire service, you will need a frame and airbag inspection as well.
  • Your insurance broker must send your active insurance policy/binder to vehicleinsurance@seattle.gov.
  • All your fees and fines are paid in full, such as your business license fee, any notice of violation fines, no-show meter inspection test fees, etc.
  • Transfers completed at the time of the renewal will also require the voluntary medallion transfer form to be completed and emailed to taxicab@seattle.gov. Transfers cannot be completed using the Seattle Services Portal. There is no transfer fee when a transfer takes place during the medallion renewal process.

Medallion holders with inactive medallions  

Medallions which will remain deposited (on hold) may be renewed now or wait until they are active again. These renewals do not require a vehicle safety inspection, an active insurance policy or a vehicle registration. Deposited medallions are not required to be affiliated with a Taxicab Association or For Hire company.

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 robert.hooks@seattle.gov.

Grace Period

We are offering a two-week grace period and are waiving late renewal fees through Jan. 15, 2021.

Medallion lease

Download the medallion lease summary form.

Medallion transfer

If you would like to transfer your medallion to a new owner, the voluntary medallion transfer form must be completed. Both the Seller and the Buyer must be present at the office of the Consumer Protection Division at the time of transfer. Note that before a medallion can be transferred, all outstanding wheelchair-accessible services fees must be paid.

All proposed medallion transfers shall be listed in the table below within two days of submission to the Consumer Protection. By rule, a temporary medallion will be issued. 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

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.