We regulate all for-hire vehicles operating in Broward County, including taxicabs, luxury sedans, luxury limousines transport vans (vehicles holding up to 19 passengers) and transportation network companies (TNCs) 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 by an ASE certified master mechanic or AATI master automobile technician from a licensed auto repair shop. Each taxicab, luxury sedan, limousine transport van and TNC vehicle must be inspected prior to being issued an operating permit and 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. Vehicle for Hire Initiative beginning April 23, 2018.
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-Benz or other similar luxury sedan.
Taxicab Passenger’s Bill of Rights:
- To ride in a clean, safe and secure vehicle; to ride in a vehicle that has a Broward County taxicab operating permit (the number of which should be the same as the number on the vehicle)
- To be transported by a driver who has in his/her possession a current Broward County chauffeur's registration(otherwise called a hack license), which I have the right to inspect
- To be transported by a driver who maintains a neat appearance and who treats me in a professional and courteous manner
- To be transported to my destination by means of the most direct and economical route possible, unless I agree or instruct the driver otherwise
- To pay for the transportation based exclusively on an operating taximeter and based strictly on the rates approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, as posted in the vehicle
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
Each luxury sedan, limousine and transport van with a seating capacity of up to 19 passengers must have a permit to pick up passengers from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). This permit allows a for-hire vehicle to provide pre-arranged pickups only.
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 Environmental and Consumer Protection Division Staff. Inspections will be conducted at Government Center West, 1 North University Drive, Plantation, Florida 33324 from 8 AM until 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Vehicles must be inspected before use as a vehicle for hire.
- Vehicles 10 years old or less require an annual inspection.
- Vehicles older than 10 years require a semi-annual inspection.
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
Taxicab, Luxury Sedan, Limousine and Airport/Seaport Permits
2020 Taxicab and Luxury Sedan Lottery
The 2020 lottery drawing will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020.
On June 6, 2017, the County Commission held a Public Hearing and passed an ordinance allowing Electronic Taximeters in Broward County. The Electronic Taximeter must meet the following requirements and be approved by the Environmental and Consumer Protection Division (ECPD). The meter must:
- Calculate the fare to be charged to the passenger, ensuring the fare does not exceed the taximeter rates in Section 40.50.b. of Chapter 40 of Broward County's Administrative Code.
- Be an application on an Android or iOS device used to measure time and distance for calculating a fare.
- Comply with all related taximeter regulations in Chapter 22½.
- Pass an inspection by ECPD when installed in the vehicle, to include a field test demonstrating capabilities. Note, each instance of an installation does not need to be inspected. Once a given electronic taximeter installation has been approved, that electronic taximeter can be freely installed on any of that taxi company's permitted taxis.
The inspection will be conducted by ECPD staff at Broward County’s Government Center West, 1 N. University Drive, Plantation Florida 33324. For your convenience, we recommend you schedule this inspection by calling 954-765-1702, or emailing email@example.com.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Taxis
On May 23, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners passed a new ordinance allowing the issuance of 50 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity on a first-come, first-served basis. We began accepting applications for the WAV certificates on Monday,
June 12, 2017. By Tuesday, June 13, 2017 we had accepted applications for all 50 WAV Certificates. Currently, due to previous placeholders not fulfilling the obligations required by Chapter 22½ of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, we have four (4) WAV Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity placeholder tickets available.
These will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis to taxi drivers that pay the applicable, non-refundable fee, and have driven a taxicab in Broward County for a minimum of sixty (60) consecutive months.
Transportation Network Companies (TNC)
Pursuant to Section 627.748, Florida Statutes, Transportation Network Companies (TNC), TNC drivers and TNC vehicles will be governed exclusively by this newly enacted state law, effective July 1, 2017. As such, Broward County will no longer license or impose any operational requirements on TNCs, TNC drivers and TNC vehicles, if such license relates to providing prearranged rides. All existing licenses issued to TNCs by Broward County will be closed on their date of expiration (June 30, 2017).
Note this exemption only applies to those companies or individuals that meet the State definition of a TNC or TNC Driver. To be eligible for this designation, the company and driver must adhere to all 627.748 F.S. requirements. Please note particularly the insurance requirements necessary to qualify as a TNC or TNC driver.
If the company or driver does not meet the State TNC requirements and are engaged in vehicle for-hire business in Broward County, they will be regulated by Broward County's Motor Carrier Ordinance.