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Taxicab For-Hire License
Chapter 31, Article II of the Miami-Dade County Code requires anyone wishing to provide for-hire taxicab services to first obtain a for-hire taxicab license. Taxicab service is on-demand or prearranged transportation using vehicles that seat nine passengers or less, including the driver. Taxicab vehicles are sedans, station wagons, minivans and sport utility vehicles.
For-hire transportation in Miami-Dade County is licensed and regulated to assure the passengers, as well as others utilizing the streets of Miami-Dade County, that the vehicles are fit and their operators and chauffeurs are competent to provide such service.
The Miami-Dade County taxicab for-hire license system is a medallion system. This system deems a taxicab for-hire license to be intangible property. The owner of a taxicab medallion can use the medallion as collateral to secure a loan from a bank or any other financial institution.
How to apply
New taxicab for-hire licenses are issued through a lottery process only to registered taxicab chauffeurs. Similarly, the sale of existing for-hire licenses is also limited to registered taxicab chauffeurs. (Taxicab License Transfer Application) A chauffeur who is issued a taxicab for-hire license must operate the taxicab authorized by the license for one shift per day, five days per week.
Cash will not be accepted. Fees can be paid by check, money order or cashiers check made payable to the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Department. If renewing in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (Mastercard or Visa).
Licenses are valid for one year. The Taxicab For-Hire License cycle runs from February 1 to January 31 of the following year. License renewal forms are mailed to the operator a minimum of 60 days prior to the expiration of the licenses.
Additional business requirements
Decorative/advertising decals or complete wrapping of one or more windows are prohibited on vehicles regulated under the various for-hire and other transportation related ordinances under its purview is prohibited.
Taxicab Advisory Group
Established by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, the Taxicab Advisory Group (TAG) provides input on various issues relating to the taxicab industry. TAG is comprised of consumer and industry representatives, transportation-related interests, municipalities and public interest organizations. Duties include developing, implementing and evaluating new innovative taxicab services, service expansion and improvements.
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