Taxicabs

City of Los Angeles Taxi Services

There are nine franchise taxi operators in the City of Los Angeles who operate more than 2,300 taxis. Be sure before boarding any taxi in the City of Los Angeles that you look for the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal. Taxicabs bearing this seal are insured, have trained drivers, and are regularly inspected by the City of Los Angeles. Any cab without the seal is a bandit cab with no legal authorization to operate in the City. 

Report a Taxicab
If you believe a taxicab company or driver has acted inappropriately, please contact us so that we can investigate. To do so, please call (800) 501-0999 or contact us at dot.franchise@lacity.org.

Taxicab Regulations 
LADOT regulates taxicab companies, vehicle owners, and drivers. Permission to operate taxicab service in the City of Los Angeles is approved by the Board of Taxicab Commissioners, the City Council, and the Mayor through the granting of a taxi franchise.

LADOT enforces adopted regulations to ensure that vehicles are safe and that service levels are professional. This includes confirming that drivers are licensed and vehicles insured, testing drivers, and performing safety inspections on vehicles. LADOT and the Board of Taxicab Commissioners also establish taxi rates paid by customers.

LADOT investigates alleged wrongdoing by drivers and recommends discipline for action by the Board of Taxicab Commissioners.  Sustained wrongdoing can result in revocation of the company’s franchise and/or driver’s permit to operate a taxicab in the city.

Los Angeles Taxicab Review and Performance Report

LADOT and LAPD also investigate taxicabs operating illegally in the city, frequently referred to as "bandit" taxis.

How to Obtain a Taxicab Driver Permit in the City of Los Angeles

STEP ONE - COMPANY

To obtain a taxicab driver license you must be sponsored by one of LA City's franchised taxicab companies. (Click here for company contact information.) Obtain a two-sided DRIVER/ATTENDANT PERMIT APPLICATION form from your company, which has been signed by an authorized company representative. Click here to download a PDF version of the Taxi Driver/Attendant Permit Application — the application must be two-sided and remember to get an authorized company representative's original signature on the back!

STEP TWO - DMV

Go to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and obtain a complete driving history report (H6) issued within the last 30 days. Limited driving history reports ("K4") or reports obtained online are NOT acceptable.

STEP THREE - LADOT

Appear before LADOT and present the following:

  • Completed DRIVER / ATTENDANT PERMIT APPLICATION form with company representative's original, wet signature.
  • Complete, original H6 (DMV driving report) issued within the last 30 days – must state "End" on last page of report
  • Payment of non-refundable processing fee of $106.00*
*Different fees apply for (unexpired) renewal ($151) or replacement ($57) permits. Permits may be renewed up to 60 days prior to expiration. All fees are subject to change. Note: your record will be checked for any outstanding parking tickets, which must be resolved prior to the issuance of any driver permit.

STEP FOUR – DRIVER EXAM

At the time of your initial processing by LADOT you will be scheduled for the Taxicab Driver Examination, which is held every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.. You must bring the following to the exam:

  • Valid California Driver's License or other acceptable identification
  • Current Thomas Guide™ for the City of Los Angeles
  • Pen or pencil

The TAXICAB RULES booklet contains more information about the rules and regulations governing taxicabs in the City of Los Angeles. Booklets are available at our public counter for $3.00. Click here for a free printable PDF copy.

STEP FIVE – LADOT

If you pass the taxicab driver examination, you must return to LADOT within 15 days of the exam, where you will be fingerprinted (eff. 12/01/14 fee will increase from $76 to $88) and issued a conditional permit & ID badge ($5.00 fee). You must present the following original documents (no copies):

  • Valid California Driver's License
  • Proof of right to work
  • Controlled substance test results or, for renewals and replacements only, a drug enrollment certificate
Note: all permits are conditional pending criminal history review; permits are the property of LADOT and must be returned upon expiration, in order to renew/replace, and in the event of cancellation or revocation.

DENIED OR REVOKED?

If you are denied a permit or your permit is revoked, you have the right to appeal the decision to the Board of Taxicab Commissioners. You must file your appeal in person within 10 days of the date of denial or revocation.

TO RENEW OR REPLACE A TAXICAB DRIVER PERMIT

In order to obtain a new (expired), renewal (unexpired), or replacement* permit you must present a new application, new H6, and all documents discussed above. If your last permit expired more than three years ago, you must re-take the taxicab driver examination and be fingerprinted once again.

*a police report is required to replace a lost or stolen permit

QUESTIONS? CONTACT LADOT'S PERMITTING OFFICE

For questions about the taxicab driver permitting process, please contact the LADOT Permit Office via e-mail at dot.franchise@lacity.org or at (213) 928-9732 during regular public counter hours (Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; closed Fridays and all holidays. For the general information call (213) 928-9600.

TICKETS, HEARING NOTICES, FINES & PENALTIES

For inquirires regarding tickets, hearing notices, fines, or penalties issued to a Taxicab Driver, contact a Transportation Investigator via e-mail at dot.investigator@lacity.org or the Hearing/Impounds Desk at (213) 972-5975 during public counter hours (Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.).

City of Los Angeles Authorized Taxicab Companies

United Independent Taxi(800) 822-8294
United Taxi of San Fernando Valley(800) 290-5600
Yellow Cab(800) 200-1085
Bell Cab(888) 235-5222
Beverly Hills Cab Company(800) 273-6611
LA Checker Cab(800) 300-5007
City Cab(800) 750-4400
Independent Taxi(800) 521-8294
United Checker Company(310) 834-1121