Vehicle License Fees

The current Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) includes a $40 vehicle licensing fee (VLF) applied when you pay your car registration.

This is in addition to STBD Proposition 1, a 0.15% sales tax, which generates roughly $39 million annually over six years to fund transit service, capital projects, and transit access programs.

At this time, $20 of this VLF funds maintenance and preservation, as well as safety and enhancements to our existing transportation system, and contributes about $8 million annually. The other $20 is a new VLF as of 2021.

More about the new $20 VLF

Meeting Climate Change Goals

In November 2020, City Council authorized an increase of the current $20 VLF to $40. After a transparent and inclusive public engagement process, SDOT submitted a spend plan for this additional funding, which would total approximately $3.6 million in the first year and $7.2 million in subsequent years. The plan prioritized safety, equity, and maintaining Seattle's streets, sidewalks and bridges.

In May 2021, City Council approved its implementation for the second half of 2021.

Aligning with our goal to build, operate, and maintain an accessible transportation system that reliably connects people, places, and goods, 75% of the VLF revenue is being dedicated to investments and projects in neighborhoods facing higher risk of displacement and lower access to opportunities. Revenue collection starts July 1, 2021.