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For-Hire Vehicle Inspections
The Miami-Dade County Code requires that any company or individual who seeks to provide transportation for compensation be licensed, their drivers trained and insured, and their vehicles registered, insured and inspected. For-hire vehicles are inspected at the For-Hire Vehicle Inspection Station:
The types of vehicles that the law requires to be inspected include taxicabs, limousines, passenger motor carriers, non-emergency, special transportation service (STS), and ambulances. Vehicles used to transport children such as vans and private black and yellow school buses must also be inspected.
Tuesday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is designated for first-time vehicle inspections only. All other renewing vehicles may be inspected at any time the inspection station is open.
Complete the Vehicle Operating Permit Application, print and sign the application, and bring the original with your vehicle for inspection.
All Vehicle Operating Permit Applications that are signed by individuals other that the Permit/Certificate holder must have an active power of attorney on file. An original, completed form must be brought with your vehicle for inspection.
For more information, call 305-638-6051.
Vehicles are inspected for compliance with specific vehicle standards contained in the Code. These include, but are not limited to brakes, tires, headlights, turn signals, horn, brake lights, cleanliness, and other safety and cosmetic components. In addition, 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.
Vehicles are scheduled for annual, semi-annual or quarterly inspection according to their age as outlined in the various transportation ordinances, or as a result of citations issued by field enforcement personnel.
A vehicle which does not pass the inspection as a result of a safety deficiency will not be allowed to conduct for-hire operations until the deficiency has been corrected and the vehicle passes a re-inspection.
Vehicle Inspection Fees
- Quarterly, Semi-Annual or Annual Vehicle Inspection, as applicable (all categories) $38.00
- Vehicle safety re-inspection $35.00
- Replacement of Decal $35.00*
- New Vehicle Inspection $70.00
- Vehicle re-inspection (non-safety) $20.00
*There is a $35 replacement fee for each operating permit or decal to be replaced. Fill out the Lost/Stolen or Destroyed Permit/Inspection Decal Affidavit, sign and notarize it. Bring the original completed affidavit and applicable fees with your vehicle for inspection.
Inspection fees are payable at the time of inspection and must be in the form of a check, credit card or money order. Cash payments are not accepted.
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