Washington State is home to forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, volcanoes, beaches and bays. So, it's not surprising that a state with such natural beauty works hard to find a balance between safeguarding the environment, protecting consumers and maintaining a thriving business community. Like most western states, Washington has a fair amount of state and city level licenses. However, it maintains fewer than neighboring Oregon or giant California below that.
In Washington, taxis are among the most highly regulated local businesses. Cities not only license drivers, vehicles and taxi companies, but often control the market by create commoditized medallians or local franchises that restrict the entry of new taxi companies into their cities. Accordingly, anyone involved in the taxi business can expect some serious paperwork, fees and licensing processes.