Rules for Taxis

Notice of temporary office closure
Our office at 805 S. Dearborn St., Seattle, will be closed for staff training on the following days:

  • Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 26-27
  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 5-7

If you have an urgent issue when our Dearborn Street office is closed, please visit our office at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., Floor 42. Be prepared for longer than usual wait times on those days, due to the office operating with limited staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

The City of Seattle regulates the operation of taxicabs. Learn more about the rules that apply to you, whether you are a driver, vehicle owner or a representative of a taxicab association.

This taxicab information sheet gives an overview of the key provisions of Ordinance 124524 that apply to taxicab associations, taxicab vehicles and drivers. Refer to Seattle Municipal Code section 6.310 for the complete requirements and responsibilities for taxicabs.

Taxicab drivers

Taxicab drivers must follow operating and conduct standards and meet the City's licensing, training and other requirements. Learn about the requirements and responsibilities for taxicab drivers.

Taxicab vehicle owners

Taxis must meet certain requirements to operate in the city as part of a taxicab association. Learn about the requirements and responsibilities for vehicle owners and licensees.

Taxicab associations

A taxicab association is a person or entity that represents or owns at least 15 taxicabs licensed by the City. Taxicabs owned or represented by an association use the same color scheme, trade name and dispatch services. Learn about the requirements and responsibilities for taxicab associations.