Medallions

Medallion renewal

The 2018 medallion renewal period had been scheduled to take place Sept. 1-Nov. 30, 2018. This extension was planned because we are building a new system to process renewals, including providing an online option. However, delays are not uncommon in developing complicated systems, and the project team explored all options in working through some unanticipated challenges before deciding that delaying the project is in the best interests of our customers and staff.

Instead, we will process renewals by appointment at our office on South Dearborn Street beginning Aug. 7, 2018. Find your medallion number on the renewal schedule for the appointment time assigned to your medallion. Appointments are Monday-Friday and some Sundays. If you miss your appointment, call 206-386-1267 to be rescheduled. You will be rescheduled for Friday of the same week of your original appointment.

Bring these to your appointment:

  • ID.
  • The vehicle's original registration.
  • LLC affidavit (if applicable).
  • Original, signed association approval form.
  • Cash or check (no other form of payment will be accepted).
  • Before your appointment, have your insurance agent email your active policy/binder to vehicleinsurance@seattle.gov.
  • FOR-HIRE OWNERS ONLY: Complete and bring this medallion application form to your appointment. The form must be signed by an authorized for-hire company representative. We cannot accept copies of signatures.

All renewal appointments are at our Consumer Protection Unit office:

805 S. Dearborn St.
Seattle, WA 98134

During the renewal period, the City of Seattle's taxi, for-hire and transportation network companies office at the Seattle Municipal Tower will have limited staff coverage.

During your renewal appointment, we will collect wheelchair-accessible services fees.

If customers complete the renewal prior to Dec. 1, 2018, there will not be a penalty fee. In spring 2019, we will resume the regular renewal schedule.

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.