Vehicle License Fee Rebate

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 expires on December 31, 2020. The last day to submit a rebate request on 2020 car tab renewals is June 30, 2021. No Seattle vehicle license fee rebates will be issued on 2021 car tab renewals.

Eligibility

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);
  • 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 $2,812 $33,744
    2 $3,677 $44,124
    3 $4,542 $54,504
    4 $5,407 $64,884
    5 $6,272 $75,264
    6 $7,137 $85,644
    7 $7,299 $87,588
    8 $7,462 $89,544
    9 $7,624 $91,488
    10 $7,786 $93,432
    Each Additional +$322 +$2,781
  • AND, Proof of payment of the $80 Vehicle License Fee

Application

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, you can apply for a $20 Vehicle License Fee 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.

Call (206) 684-4141 for phone assistance, available Monday - Friday 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

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

The $20 Vehicle License Fee Rebate program is located at:

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

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