April 11, 2013
Don’t be taken for a ride by an unlicensed limo company.
Prom season is upon us, and many high school students will be trying to make their special night even more fun by hiring a limo. The Department of Licensing reminds parents and students to check to see if the limo they hire is licensed by the state.
“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,” Department of Licensing Director Teresa Berntsen said. “Don’t be taken for a ride by an unlicensed limousine company. Always check references and make sure the company is licensed before you hire them.”
Limousine operators in Washington are required to be licensed, carry sufficient liability insurance, and undergo annual safety inspections by the Washington State Patrol or City of Seattle. Chauffeurs must be at least 21 years of age, hold a valid driver license, complete a chauffeur training course and pass a State Patrol background check.
Berntsen said a website, Craigslist ad, or a simple advertisement in the phone book or newspaper does not guarantee the operator is licensed. Unlicensed limousine operators may not meet state insurance or safety requirements and it can be difficult to hold them accountable if problems arise.
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/. Scroll down to the area for consumers, click on “Look up a business or professional license” and then “Search business license.” If you do not see the business listed as a limousine company, please call 360-705-6744. They can help you verify that the limousine company is properly licensed.
DOL Video: Renting a Limo / Ride in Style, Ride Safely
September 11, 2012
A Washington resident tells us that a company recently called him to say it had learned from the “DMV” that he was paying too much for auto insurance.
Rest assured, the Department of Licensing keeps no record of the amount you pay for insurance.
In fact, whenever a company tries to sell you something by claiming to have DOL data, it should raise red flag. That’s because we don’t release data for marketing purposes.
However, we do have a sincere interest in protecting you from bogus claims and possible scams.
For example, earlier this year, several websites emerged offering to help provide driver licenses for a fee. While those websites might appear to be official, they are NOT affiliated with the Washington State Department of Licensing. And unlike those websites, DOL never charges a fee for customer service or for the use of any of our forms.
Here’s the video we produced earlier this year regarding those questionable websites; showing yet another example of how suspect companies are trying to take advantage of consumers.