Effective September 1st, 2022, all vehicle for hire Certificates of Insurance will have to be submitted to our office by the insurance producer. The Division will no longer be accepting copies that are submitted by an applicant. Please have your insurance provider email the Certificates of Insurance to CPInsurance@broward.org and place the name of the insured in the Subject line of the email.
We regulate all for hire vehicles operating in Broward County, including taxicabs, luxury sedans, luxury limousines transport vans (vehicles holding up to 19 passengers) as outlined in Chapter 22 ½ of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.
We also issue permits to for hire vehicles allowing prearranged pick-up of passengers from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Port Everglades. This includes permits for vehicles which come to Broward County to pick up passengers and transport them to another county.
All for hire vehicles that are permitted to operate in Broward County must be inspected prior to being issued an operating permit and, at minimum, annually thereafter. No inspection is required for “out-of-county” vehicles that are only purchasing permits for pre-arranged pickup of passengers from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or from Port Everglades.
Violators of the ordinance may be subject to civil penalties and revocation or suspension of their license.
Applying for or Renewing a Vehicle for Hire Permit
Please be advised that Vehicle For Hire Applications are now by appointment, drop off, or by mail ONLY. Applications without an appointment will no longer be seen or serviced the same day. Please schedule an appointment by using the QLESS scheduling link. Payments for drop off applications can be via check or money order. Mail applications to Broward County Consumer Protection Division, 1 North University Drive, Mailbox 302, Plantation, FL 33324. Application fees, submitted by mail, must be in the form of a check or money order. Application fees submitted in-person with appointment may be paid by check, money order or credit card.
- Vehicles must be inspected before use as a vehicle for hire.
- Vehicles 10 years old or less require annual inspections.
- Vehicles older than 10 years require semi-annual inspections.
- Vehicles older than 15 years require quarterly inspections.
Inspections are not required for "Out of County" vehicles with permits for pre-arranged pickups from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or Port Everglades.
Important: Before scheduling an appointment for a vehicle inspection, please ensure that all required fees and documents have been received and approved by the Division. Failure to do so, may result in the inspection being cancelled.
All vehicles for hire that are ten (10) years or older and have a current, valid Broward County Operating Permit must complete a semiannual inspection during the month of December. Inspections will be conducted at Port Everglades, Terminal #25, on select days. Please review the Notice for specific dates and times.
Taxicabs and Luxury Sedan Operating Permits
The number of Broward County permits for taxicabs and luxury sedans is restricted. In order to acquire a taxicab or a luxury sedan permit, a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is required. Each certificate entitles the certificate holder to 1 vehicle operating permit. Vehicle classifications include:
Taxicab – a motor vehicle using a taximeter and is designed to accommodate up to 8 passengers in addition to the driver. The Broward County Commission has determined that 3.5% of the total taxicab certificates shall be for wheelchair-accessible taxicabs.
Luxury Sedan – a motor vehicle with a passenger capacity of 1 to 8 passengers; has not been altered from the original manufacturer's specifications with respect to seating capacity or wheelbase; does not contain a partition or other device used to separate the driver and passenger seating areas and is recognized by the industry as a luxury vehicle, such as Lincoln, Cadillac, Mercedes or other similar luxury sedan.
Limousine Operating Permits
The number of Broward County permits for limousines is unrestricted. A permit is required for each vehicle an applicant plans to operate. Limousine is defined as any chauffeur-driven vehicle that is hired on a prearranged basis, engaged for the exclusive use of the passenger, not equipped with a taximeter and provides seating for 6 to 19 passengers in addition to the driver. Vehicle classifications include:
Luxury Limousine – a motor vehicle with a seating capacity of six 6 to 19 passengers in addition to the driver; has been altered from its original manufacturer's specifications with respect to wheelbase and passenger capacity and contains a partition or other device used to separate the driver and passenger seating areas.
Transport Van – a motor vehicle not equipped with a taximeter; has a seating capacity of 9 to 19 passengers in addition to the driver and contains no separation of the driver and passenger compartments.
Airport Ground Transportation Permits
All companies that operate taxicabs, luxury sedans, luxury limousines, and transport vans with a seating capacity of up to 19 passengers and courtesy vans and buses (no limit on seating capacity) must have a vehicle permit, affixed to the windshield of the vehicle, to pick up passengers from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The vehicle permit allows a for-hire vehicle to provide prearranged pickups only (except local taxicabs, which are not limited to prearranged pickups).
Out of County Vehicles: vehicles coming from counties other than Broward must also have a permit, allowing pre-arranged passenger pickups from the airport and return to their home county.
Port Everglades Business Permit
All companies that operate taxicabs, luxury sedans, luxury limousines, transport vans with a seating capacity of up to 19 passengers and courtesy vans and buses (no limit on seating capacity) must have a business permit to pick up passengers from Port Everglades. In addition, each vehicle operating in Port Everglades must have a decal affixed to the windshield. The business permit and vehicle decal allows a for-hire vehicle to provide prearranged pickups only (except local taxicabs, which are not limited to prearranged pickups).
Out of County Vehicles: vehicles coming from counties other than Broward must also have a business permit and vehicle decal, allowing for pre-arranged passenger pickup from Port Everglades and return to their home county.