Vehicle License Fee Rebate

UPDATE (7/02/2021): The Vehicle Licensing Fee Rebate (VLFR) program is ending July 2021. The last day to submit a rebate request on 2020 car tab renewals was June 30, 2021. We will not process VLFR applications received after June 30, 2021. No Seattle vehicle license fee rebates will be issued on 2021 car tab renewals. 

In 2014, City of Seattle voters 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. Income-qualified vehicle owners with a car registered in Seattle were also eligible to receive a $20 rebate in the form of a check through the $20 Vehicle License Fee Rebate (VLFR) program. The legislation allowing for the car tab increase expired on December 31, 2020. 


We are no longer accepting applications for Vehicle Licensing Fee Rebates. 

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Please note applications for the VLF Rebate are CLOSED, regardless of meeting the eligibility requirements below. 

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 through December 31, 2020.

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);
  • 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:
    Household SizeGross Monthly IncomeGross Yearly Income
    1 $3,118 $37,416
    2 $4,077 $48,924
    3 $5,037 $60,444
    4 $5,996 $71,952
    5 $6,955 $83,460
    6 $7,915 $94,980
    7 $8,095 $97,140
    8 $8,275 $99,300
    9 $8,454 $101,448
    10 $8,634 $103,608
    Each Additional +$244 +$2,934
  • AND, Proof of payment of the $80 Vehicle License Fee