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.
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.
Chapter 22½ of the Broward County Code of Ordinances requires that all categories of vehicles for hire be inspected regularly. A recent amendment
requires the inspections to be conducted by Consumer Protection Division Staff.
- 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. Semi-annual inspections have been scheduled for all vehicles for hire that are ten (10) model years or older. Inspections will take place at Port Everglades during the month of December. For specific dates, times, and location, see Semiannual Vehicle Inspection Notice.
- 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.
Applying for or Renewing a Vehicle for Hire Permit
Application packets and fees will be accepted in-person or by mail sent 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. Application fees submitted in-person may be paid by check or credit card.
2020 Taxicab and Luxury Sedan Lottery
The 2020 lottery drawing was held on Friday, March 20, 2020. Follow this link for a list of winners.
View the Vehicle For Hire Lottery on the RED YouTube channel.