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$20 CAR TAB REBATE Program

In 2014, voters in the City of Seattle approved a car tab increase to pay for improved transit service. Car tabs, also known as Vehicle License Fees, increased to $80 per vehicle on June 1, 2015. However, via the $20 Car Tab Rebate program, income qualified vehicle owners with a car registered in Seattle are eligible to receive a $20 rebate check.


This program is available to Seattle's households at or below 70% of the median State household income, who have cars registered in the City of Seattle, and have a car tab renewal date of June 1, 2015 or later. 

To demonstrate you are eligible for the rebate, the following information needs to be submitted: 

  • Proof that you are currently enrolled in one of the following programs:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
    • Seattle Utility Discount Program (UDP);
    • Washington Apple Health;

  • OR, Proof that the total gross household income for ALL persons 18 years and older living in the house during the monthly period prior to applying is no higher than:

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  • AND, Proof of payment of the $80 Vehicle License Fee


If you meet the eligibility requirements above, you can apply for a $20 car tab rebate by phone, in person, by mail or via e-mail starting June 15, 2015.

If you need staff assistance with the application, walk-in hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Completed applications can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

The $20 Car Tab Rebate program is located at:

CART Program
810 3rd Ave, Suite #440
Seattle, WA 98104

For questions:

Call: (206) 684-4141

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