Start a Transportation Company

Do you want to operate your own limousine, shuttle service or luxury sedan, van or SUV company?

The police department's Vehicle for Hire unit requires registration of all drivers and vehicles to keep passengers safe. 


Step 1.Determine what type of company you want to start

The city has various categories of transportation companies.

Identify Your Company Type

Step 2.Get a Business Tax Receipt

You must get a Business Tax Receipt from the city or county in which your company is located. The Business Tax Receipt must state that your business is a transportation company. 

Get a Business Tax Receipt

Step 3.Pass your vehicle inspection

You must have a mechanical vehicle inspection completed within the past 30 days. An approved inspection facility or an ASE-certified mechanic must complete the inspection and provide the vehicle inspection certificate.

Step 4.Get a nationwide background check

As part of your Driver Permit, you need to get a background check. You can use any provider that conducts a nationwide criminal background checking.

Step 5.Gather your documents

 As part of your Vehicle Permit you will need to provide:

  • A completed City of Orlando Vehicle Inspection Form
  • State of Florida Vehicle Registration
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Commercial liability coverage (six-occupant vehicle or less = $300,000. Seven-occupant vehicle or more: $1,000,000. Based on manufacturer specifications)
  • City of Orlando Vehicles for Hire and its address at 1250 West South Street named as additional insured
  • Same exact DBA name as listed on Business Tax Receipt
  • Copy of your Business Tax Receipt
  • Copy of your State of Florida business registration from
  • Rate schedule

For your Driver Permit you will need to provide:

  • Proof of nationwide background check
  • Florida driver license
  • Owners endorsement (if you are not the owner of the transportation company)

Step 6.Apply for Driver and Vehicle Permits

Apply for Vehicle Permit

Apply for Driver Permit

Step 7.Submit your applications

Email your completed applications and required documents to

Step 8.We'll get back to you

We'll review your applications and let you know in two to three business days if you're approved.

Step 9.Make a payment and get your permits

We'll email you to schedule payment and to pick up your permits at:

Orlando Police Department
1250 West South Street
Orlando, FL 32805

Step 10.Display your permits

  • Your Vehicle Permit needs to be visible on the passenger side windshield of your car.
  • When you are driving, your Driver Permit must be visible to the passengers.
  • When you are working and exit your vehicle, your permits must be visible to anyone with whom you interact.

Step 11.Remember to renew your permits

You must renew you permits by the expiration date. If you want to transfer a permit, you must also complete this application and email it to us at

Renew or Transfer a Permit