Private Auto: 


You must obtain Washington plates for your car within 30 days of becoming a state resident. The state requires an auto inspection for all vehicles new to the state. Call 206-296-4000 for more information.

Driver Licensing

New residents take both written and driving tests before being licensed to drive on state roads. If you are relocating from another state (domestically) and have a valid driver license from another state, a new residence is required before taking a written test. The drivers test is required of all applicants with licenses from other countries, including Canada. Testing costs $7.00. A five year license costs an additional $25.00. Call 206-706-4268 for more information.

Mass Transit:

Pierce Transit
Fares are $1.00 with discounts for seniors and disabled persons ($.50 if they have a regional reduced fares card from Pierce Transit: $3.00 for seniors and disabled persons). Fares for the Express Routes to Seattle and Olympia range from $1.50 to $2.50. Timetables are available throughout the community, in buses and by calling (253) 581-8000,

Park 'N Ride
Parking lots are strategically placed for bus-riders from outlying districts. Parking is free.

If you drive more than 15 miles to work, a vanpool may be an economical option. Riders pay low monthly fares. Volunteer drivers ride for free. Call 253-581-8000 for more information.

Diamond Lanes
High occupancy vehicles, such as buses, vanpools and carpools, all have access to "diamond lanes" on freeways. These lanes offer priority access to individuals choosing some form of mass transportation.

Washington State Ferries

Ferries carry both auto and "walk-on." Fares vary by distance traveled. Some senior citizen discounts are available. For information about schedules and fees call (state wide, toll free) 1-800-843-3779; out of state: 206-464-6400.

Washington State Department of Transportation Commuter Information Line 206-368-4499 Includes traffic and road condition information.

Train Travel:


Sound Transit
Commuter train running from Tacoma Dome Station to Seattle's King St. Station; 28 minutes from Auburn to King Street Station; about 15 minutes from Tukwila to the King Street Station. Sound Transit will eventually run from Lakewood to Everett.


The area is home to one International Airport, just 30 minutes from downtown Tacoma: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (800) 544-1966

Two additional airports serve our area's smaller places: Pierce County Airport, Thun Field (253) 841-3779 and the Harbor Air (253) 851-3544.