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Driving in Seattle

Local regulations and testing

Hit the road whenever you're ready - just make sure you’re following all of the rules and regulations.

Required permits

TNC For-Hire Permit

Every TNC driver is required to carry a For-Hire Permit issued by the city of Seattle and King County. This license allows you to operate on Uber's platform.

Uber Seattle will submit your application on your behalf for your For-Hire Permit. Upon approval, you will receive an e-mail from Uber that your permit is ready for pickup from King County offices located at 500 4th Avenue in Seattle. In the period after your application is submitted and before receiving your pickup email, you are able to operate as a TNC driver and accept rides on the Uber platform.

TNC Vehicle Endorsement

Every TNC driver is required to carry a TNC Vehicle Endorsement issued by the city of Seattle and King County. This endorsement allows you to operate on Uber's platform, and is required to be displayed on your window.

Uber Seattle will submit your application on your behalf for your TNC Vehicle Endorsement. Upon approval, you will receive an email for pickup from King County. In the period after your application is submitted and before receiving your pickup email, you are able to operate as a TNC driver.

Required testing

Seattle City Knowledge Test

In order to be compliant and legal to operate, you must complete a Seattle City Knowledge Test. Visit our team and take the test at the local Greenlight hub or Greenlight spot locations.

Defensive Driving Course

In order for your For-Hire permit to remain valid, you must complete this course after you’ve been activated with Uber.

Remember to enter the access code SEADDC and register with your Uber phone number. Your results may not be valid if this information is not correct.

Seattle Business License

In order to get your Seattle business license, you can apply in-person, by mail, or online. Application instructions and cost information at the city of Seattle's website.

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