Beware of unlicensed limousine companies

April 20, 2015

limo-1Prom night creates driving hazards for many young people in our state each spring.

Hiring a limousine service is one way parents and students can ease their anxiety and help ensure the night’s travel itinerary is safe.

However, there are unlicensed limousine services putting everyone on the road at risk.

Unlicensed and unregulated limo businesses offer rides in vehicles that may be dangerous and driven by people who are unfit to drive or provide services to young people.

Limo-poster-thumbnailParents and students can easily check whether a business is licensed by visiting the Department of Licensing’s website.

DOL’s website includes consumer tips, a printable poster and a video that offers tips about hiring a limo service.

DOL’s printable poster states, Don’t Muck Around When You Rent a Limo, and includes helpful information.

 


New licensing requirements starting for scrap metal businesses

November 25, 2013
New licensing requirements starting for scrap metal businesses

New licensing requirements starting for scrap metal businesses

Scrap metal businesses in Washington will need to be licensed with the Department of Licensing beginning January 2014. However, businesses will not be able to apply for these licenses until January 2nd when the license applications are available.

The Department will reach out to law enforcement agencies to make sure they are aware of this delay, and are not citing businesses for unlicensed activity.

Even though licenses will not be immediately available, the remainder of the new laws and rules regarding scrap metal must be complied with.

The Legislature passed House Bill 1552 last session, with the intent of reducing scrap metal theft by requiring the licensing of scrap metal businesses, and establishing new requirements for scrap metal transactions and record keeping.

DOL will have the applications available sometime on January 2, 2014, so please check our website regularly for updates. If you have a question about who needs a license, the licensing process, or any other questions regarding the licensing of scrap metal business, please see our website at: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/scrapmetal/.


Don’t be taken for a ride by an unlicensed limousine company

March 28, 2012

Whether you are a high school student getting ready for prom, or someone planning a special event, if you are going to be hiring a limo, make sure it is licensed by the state. 

There are many quality limousine companies to choose from in Washington state.  Always check references and make sure the company is licensed before you hire them.

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/business/limousine/ 

If you do not see the business listed, or you do not see it listed as a limousine company, please call 360-705-6744 to verify the limousine company is properly licensed.

Ride safely and in style.


FAST FACT: DOL also regulates more than 30 professions

August 15, 2011
courtesy: Seattle Times/ NW Jobs
Tatoo artist Hanz Zarate of Pierced Hearts Tattoo Parlor in Seattle. (Seattle Times photo by Michelle Archer)

While most everyone knows we issue driver licenses, ID cards and vehicle tabs, an often overlooked area of the Department of Licensing’s responsibilities is business and professional licensing.  We regulate 34 professions that represent more than 264,000 active licensees. 

A recent  Seattle Times article provides a great overview of our programs.