Vehicle for Hire Businesses

Hillsborough County passed an ordinance in 2017 regulating Vehicles for Hire. Business must have a valid certificate to engage in the business of operating vehicles for hire.

You must have your Business Tax Receipt prior to applying for a Vehicle for Hire Certificate. Learn how here.

General Requirements for Businesses

  • Businesses must comply with all city, county, state, and federal laws and ordinances at all times
  • Businesses must maintain motor vehicle insurance for each vehicle used by the business
  • Businesses must ensure that all vehicles are up to date on inspections and valid permits
  • Businesses must accept cash and major credit and debit cards as forms of payment for customers
  • Taxicab businesses must provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Businesses must maintain all records of vehicles used by the business, vehicle inspections, proof of insurance for all vehicles, and all drivers employed by the business for 5 years
  • Businesses must cooperate with all audit requests
  • Business owners must renew their certificate annually
  • Business owners must notify the Hillsborough County Tax Collector in writing no later than 10 days after changing its physical address
  • Business owners must not permit any person to drive any vehicle unless the person has a valid Public Vehicle Driver License

To see a full list of requirements, see Section 7 of Hillsborough County Ordinance No. 17-22

Vehicle Requirements

  • All vehicles must have a valid permit to be in operation
  • Each vehicle must pass an inspection and be certified by an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified mechanic or commercial auto repair facility licensed by the State of Florida annually
  • All vehicles must be structurally sound and be maintained in proper operating condition at all times
  • All Taxicabs, Handicabs, and Vans are required to prominently display the certificate holder’s name on the exterior of the vehicle
  • All vehicles must be kept clean sanitary, and free from damage
  • Any vehicle exceeding 10 model years on December 31 of any year shall obtain an additional annual inspection of interior restraint and safety equipment
  • All vehicles must display 2 permit stickers: one on the bottom corner of the rear window on the driver’s side and the other on the bottom corner of the front windshield on the passenger side
  • All vehicles are subject to inspection at any time

To see a full list of requirements, see Section 8 of Hillsborough County Ordinance No. 17-22


All vehicles for hire, providing for hire transportation services on property belonging to the Tampa Port Authority, must name the Tampa Port Authority as an additional insured on its motor vehicle liability insurance policy.

Insurance Requirements:

  • Bodily Injury per person - $125,000
  • Bodily Injury per accident - $250,000
  • Property Damage per accident - $50,000


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Applications & Forms  

Click here to see a list of Vehicle for Hire Applications and other forms.