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Type of Operation



A person who transports passengers in vehicles that are designed to transport no more than six passengers, excluding the driver.

Operating Requirements

  • This permit authorizes your operations only in Virginia.
  • You are limited to the use of vehicles with a seating capacity of no more than six passengers, excluding the driver.
  • You cannot operate on a predetermined route.
  • You cannot pick up passengers at a public transportation terminal (such as a bus station, airport, train, station, etc.) and deliver them to another public transportation terminal on a regular basis.
  • You must comply with the ordinances of all cities and counties in which you operate.
  • The number of this permit must appear in any advertisement for this service.
  • Advertisements for your services may not contain untrue, misleading or deceptive information.

Note: Effective March 16, 2017, legislation became effective that eliminates the statewide requirement for roof signs and markings for taxicabs. However, depending upon where you want to operate, jurisdictional/local taxicab ordinances may still include signage requirements.

Tariff and Time Schedule Requirements


Insurance Requirements

$125,000 - Bodily Injury and Property Damage

Bond Requirements


Registration and License Plate Requirements

See: Registration and License Plate Requirements

License Plates: For-Hire TAXI license plates

Vehicle Registration: Must be registered as for-hire

Operating Authority Registration: The operating authority information will be displayed on the vehicle registration card when the for-hire license plates are issued.


$50 permit fee

$3 Operating Authority Registration fee per vehicle

$3 for a duplicate permit

Miscellaneous Requirements

Address Change - You must report any new address to DMV's Motor Carriers Services within 30 days.

Discontinuing Service - If you go out of business or stop providing the service authorized, you must notify DMV in writing within 30 days.