OLYMPIA, Wash. — Before hiring a limousine or Town Car to celebrate your wedding or a prom, make sure it's licensed and legitimate. "If you're planning to make your event extra special by using one of Washington's quality limo services, we suggest you do your homework," said Liz Luce, director of the Department of Licensing. "Always check references and be sure the company is licensed."
Limousine operators in Washington are required to be licensed, carry sufficient liability insurance, and undergo annual safety inspections by the Washington State Patrol. Chauffeurs must be at least 21 years of age, hold a valid drivers license, have completed a certified chauffeur training course and passed the test, and passed a State Patrol background check. Luce said a simple advertisement in the phone book, or a newspaper ad, does not guarantee the operator is licensed. Unlicensed limousine operators are in violation of state law.
To find out if the limousine service you plan to use is licensed by the state, visit the Department of Licensing website at www.dol.wa.gov. Click on the Business Licensing tab at the top of the page and select, "Check status of a business or professional license." If you do not see the business listed, or you do not see it listed as a limousine company, it is likely the operator is providing service without a license and should not be hired. You can also call the department directly at (360) 664-1414.
Source: Washington state Department of Licensing