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.


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


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. No rebates will be issued on 2021 car tabs. Please see above for deadlines on applying for a 2020 rebate.

If you are a current Utility Discount Program customer, you can email your full legal name, current address, and license plate number to or call (206) 684-4141 and provide your information.

If you need staff assistance with the application, call (206) 684-4141. Phone assistance is available Monday - Friday 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

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