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Passenger Motor Carrier Certificate

Anyone wishing to provide passenger motor carrier services to first obtain a certificate of transportation. Passenger motor carrier service is generally prearranged transportation using vehicles with a seating capacity of between 9 and 28 passengers, not including the driver. Passenger motor carrier vehicles are vans and minibuses.

There are four classes of certificates which can be applied for under this type of transportation:

  • contract carrier
  • charter service
  • jitney
  • special operations

The drivers must have a for-hire chauffeur registration, and the vehicles must be inspected.

  • How to apply

    The Passenger Motor Carrier application is reviewed for compliance with the regulations of the Code of Miami-Dade County which requires that the applicant passes a background check which will include scrutiny of his or her financial and criminal record history.

    It will take between three and six months from the time you apply to the time your application is considered for approval by the Board.

    There is a three-step review process for your application.

    Once it is accepted, a notice of submission is sent to all Passenger Motor Carrier Certificate holders, all of the municipalities in Miami-Dade County and interested parties in the ground transportation industry. This notice provides a 20-day period for any of these interests to object it.

    After the protest period passes and if no challenge has been made to your application, an agenda item will be prepared for submission to the Board of County Commissioners. However, prior to the application being placed before the full Board of County Commissioners it will also be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Board.

    There is a schedule of available meetings and a 20-day notice is required for the public hearing. You will be notified of the date and time of this meeting. At this hearing members of the public can comment. At the conclusion of the hearing the Board will vote on the application.

  • Fees

    Passenger Motor Carrier Certificate

    Initial Certificate and operating permit fees shall be prorated according to the number of months remaining between the month of the date of issuance and the month of annual renewal.

    • Initial Certificate Application $ 375.00

    Initial and Annual Renewal Certificate

    • Effective October 1, 2005 $ 575.00
    • Effective October 1, 2006 $ 625.00

    Initial and Annual Renewal Operating Permit

    • Effective October 1, 2005 $ 575.00
    • Effective October 1, 2006 $ 625.00

    Replacement of Certificate of Operating Permit $ 35.00

    Modification of Certificate $ 320.00

    Certificate Transfer Application $ 375.00

    Emergency Temporary Certificate $ 40.00

    Chauffeur Registration

    • Initial and Annual Renewal Chauffeur Registration $ 55.00
    • Late Fee for Renewal of Chauffeur Registration after expiration date (in addition to Renewal Fee) $ 55.00
    • Replacement of Chauffeur Registration $ 26.00

    Cash will not be accepted. Fees can be paid by check, money order or cashiers check made payable to the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. If renewing in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

    Certificates are valid for one year. The Passenger Motor Carrier (PMC) Certificate of Transportation cycle runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Certificate renewal forms are mailed to the operator a minimum of 60 days prior to the expiration of the certificate. Transfers of PMC certificates must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

  • Additional business requirements

    You will need a Local Business Tax issued by Miami-Dade County. Depending on where the company is located, you may also need a municipal license. Furthermore, prior to beginning operations, vehicles must obtain valid inspection and operating permit decals issued by the Vehicle Inspection Station. Drivers of these vehicles must each have a valid chauffeur registration.

    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.

  • Regulation & Compliance

    Passenger Motor Carriers

    Reliance on market forces and on actual and potential competition among all transportation modes, so as to provide transportation services at competitive prices. Reduced concentration of market power, and prevention of unfair, deceptive, predatory or anti-competitive practices.

Phone Number(s)

Mail / Email

Locations and Hours

  • Consumer Protection

    601 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136
    Passenger Transportation Regulatory Division (PTRD)
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Transportation & Public Works
Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director

Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136

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