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Taxicab Co & TNC Operations

In accordance with VMC 5.76, Taxi/TNC Code, each taxicab company, transportation network company (TNC), and associated taxicab or TNC driver that operates (picks up fares) in the city must comply with the requirements set forth in the code and the VMC 5.76 Administrative Rules adopted to implement the code.  See below for a summary of these requirements.


VMC 5.76 includes a requirement that each taxicab company and TNC engaged in taxicab business (picking up fares) in the city hold a city Taxicab Company/TNC Special License.  To apply for the special license, an applicant must use the Taxicab Company/TNC Special License Application & Attestation Form and attest under penalty of perjury that it complies with the standards for vehicle safety, driver background and training, insurance coverage, and operations set forth in the VMC 5.76 Administrative Rules.  It also requires the company pay the city an annual special license application fee of $200.00. 

The city accepts the subject special license applications and fees via US mail or drop off at City Hall.  Note: City Hall Customer Service Desk hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm on Wednesdays, and 8:00 am-5:00 pm other weekdays.


Prior to operating a taxicab or TNC vehicle (picking up fares) in the city for a company that holds a City of Vancouver Taxicab Co/TNC Special License, each driver shall comply with:

- City driver standards set forth in Section B of the VMC 5.76 Administrative Rules adopted for implementing VMC 5.76, and

- City business license regulations set forth in VMC 5.04, by holding a valid city business license obtained through the city's business license partner, the Washington State Business Licensing Service.


For questions about taxicab or TNC operations in the city, contact the Business Licensing section at: email: or phone: 360-487-8410 option 4.