All individuals who own a limousine to be driven for money must be licensed.

Sole proprietorships (individuals), partnerships or corporations.

Identification requirements

Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):

  • Canadian Passport (photo ID).
  • Driver’s Licence (photo ID).
  • Canadian Birth Certificate.
  • Citizenship Card.
  • Permanent Resident Card.
  • SIN Card (Social Insurance Number).
  • Valid Work Permit.

Note:

  • First and last names must match on all identification.
  • We do not accept Health Cards.
  • For sole proprietorship or individual applicants, one piece of ID must provide proof of work status.
  • Identification is required for all officers/directors listed on the Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Profile or Federal Form 6.

Additional documents for partnerships and corporations

Partnerships and corporations must also provide the following:

If the president, director or officer of the corporation are unable to apply themselves, a designate may apply on their behalf. The designate must:

  • Have an original letter advising of their signing authority on the corporation letterhead.
  • Provide two pieces of identification for themselves.
  • Provide two pieces of identification for each officer and director of the corporation.

Criminal Record & Judicial Matters Check

Applicants must provide an original Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.

Insurance requirements

Applicants must provide proof of $2,000,000 in Commercial General Liability (PL/PD) insurance.

A form certificate will be provided at time of application for your insurance provider to complete.

Original completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer must be emailed to mlstaxilimo@toronto.ca from the insurer.

Vehicle ownership

An original provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match the applicants. For example, if the applicant is a partnership or corporation, the vehicle ownership must be registered to the partnership or corporation.

Schedule of rates

Provide a list of rates, fare or fees to be charged to customers for service. For example, rate charged for driving a passenger from Downtown Toronto to the Airport.

No owner, limousine service company or any person in its employ shall quote or charge less than the amount set out in Appendix D to Chapter 546, Limousine Tariffs to Lester B. Pearson International Airport, for trips originating within the City of Toronto and terminating at Lester B. Pearson International Airport. The Tariff Map should be signed and returned to us at the time of application and also for renewals.

Applications for new limousine owner licences need to be submitted online. You cannot apply for these licences in-person.

Apply online

Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the application, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to submit a new application. Licence application fees can be paid online or by sending a cheque.

Submit Application

If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.

Upload Documents for Existing Request

Picking up or dropping off plates

If you need to pick up or drop off plates in-person, you must book an appointment at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor. Walk-ins will not be accepted. You must be the owner or custodian of the plate.

Book Appointment

Please arrive 10-15 mins early to check in and be on time for your appointment or you may be turned away and asked to re-book for another day and time, subject to availability.

In 2024, you will need to pay a total of $1,360.56, when applying for your licence. This includes the:

  • Application fee adjusted for a 4.35% consumer price index (CPI) for 2024: $1,221.84.
  • Accessibility Fund Program fee (no longer reduced): $138.72.

CPI is calculated by the City’s Finance Division and approved by City Council. It is based on inflationary pressures for different expenditure categories. CPI applies to all licence categories.

Starting January 1, 2024, if you register a Zero-Emissions Vehicle at the time of your licence application, you can enjoy an additional 50 per cent reduction of your application fee in 2024. The reduction amount will vary every year up to and including 2029. Zero-emission vehicles used as vehicles-for-hire are also exempt from vehicle age limits and are not required to be replaced by a specific time. These measures are to support vehicles-for-hire achieve City Council’s net zero by 2030 goal for the industry.

Electric vehicles (EV) have other benefits, beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They cost less to operate and don’t have tailpipe emissions, helping to reduce air pollution. Learn more about EV benefits and charging options.

An original Standard Safety Certificate (SSC) or Annual Inspection Certificate (AIC) is required as part of a complete application.

An SSC or AIC is issued following an inspection by a Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) garage operator, licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

The SSC or AIC cannot be more than 36 days old at time of submission.

To submit your SCC or AIC scan a copy of your SSC and/or your AIC and submit through our online renewal portal.

Safety Standards Certificate submission dates

Find your submission date at Limousine Vehicle Inspections.

  • Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) or Annual Inspection Certificate (AIC) needs to be submitted once a year.
  • SSC or AIC can be submitted up to 30 days before the submission date, but can’t be more than 36 days old at time of submission.
  • Keep a hard copy of all SSCs and AICs in the vehicle.

If a SCC or an AIC is not provided within seven days of its due date, your business licence can be suspended.

Maximum age of vehicles

On October 12, 2023, City Council approved extending vehicle-for-hire vehicles due for replacement by March 31, 2024 by one additional year. These vehicles are now required to be replaced by March 31, 2025. On October 12, 2023, City Council also approved an exemption for zero-emission vehicles used as vehicles-for-hire from vehicle age limits. These vehicles are not required to be replaced by a specific time. These measures are to support vehicles-for-hire achieve City Council’s net zero by 2030 goal for the industry. Learn more about when vehicles-for-hire have to be replaced.

Restrictions for vehicles used as limousines

The vehicles

  • Cannot be branded as rebuilt.
  • Must have the limousine plate affixed to the front grill.
  • Must be equipped with winter tires from December 1 to April 30.

See the approved limousine vehicles list.

Camera in vehicle

Cameras are not mandatory in limousines, but if installed, a notice must be attached in the limousine informing passengers that they are being video recorded.

This updated notice is available at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor.

To register a replacement vehicle the following documents can be submitted through our online renewal portal:

  • Provincial Vehicle Ownership.
  • Safety Standard Certificate (SSC) or Annual Inspection Certificate (AIC). Stretch limousines must provide an AIC, which must be dated within 36 days of submission.
  • Certificate of Insurance can be emailed to mlstaxilimo@toronto.ca.

Registering a zero-emissions vehicle

Starting January 1, 2024, if you register a Zero-Emissions Vehicle, you can enjoy an additional 50 per cent reduction of your application fee in 2024. The reduction amount will vary every year up to and including 2029. Zero-emission vehicles used as vehicles-for-hire are also exempt from vehicle age limits and are not required to be replaced by a specific time. These measures are to support vehicles-for-hire achieve City Council’s net zero by 2030 goal for the industry.

Electric vehicles (EV) have other benefits, beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They cost less to operate and don’t have tailpipe emissions, helping to reduce air pollution. Learn more about EV benefits and charging options.

ML&S shall deny an application for, or a renewal, for all businesses required to be licenced under this chapter that has:

    1. Been convicted at any time of a sexual offence against a minor or a person with a disability under any of sections 151 to 153.1 of the Criminal Code;
    2. Been convicted of any sexual offence under the Criminal Code in the preceding ten years;
    3. Been convicted of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections in the preceding five years:
      1. 84 to 117.15 (Firearms and Other Weapons);
      2. 264.1 to 286.1 (Offences Against the Person);
      3. 321 to 378 (Offences Against Rights of Property);
      4. 379 to 462 (Fraudulent Transactions, Wilful and Forbidden Acts of Certain Property, Offences Relating to Currency);
      5. 462.3 to 462.5 (Proceeds of Crime).
    4. Been convicted at any time of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections:
      1. 83.01 to 83.33 (Terrorism);
      2. 219 to 248 (Major Offences Against the Person);
      3. 267, 268, 270.01, 272, 273 (Major Assaults or Major Sexual Assaults).
    5. Been convicted of an offence under the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act sections in the preceding ten years:
      1. 5 (Trafficking);
      2. 6 (Importing and exporting);
      3. 7 (Production);
      4. 7.1 (Possession for use in production or trafficking).
    6. Been convicted of any offence under section 4 (Possession or obtaining) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the preceding five years;
    7. Been convicted of five or more offences under Chapter 545 or 546 of the Toronto Municipal Code in the preceding three years;
    8. Any overdue by-law fines, unless the applicant provides proof that such fines have been subsequently paid.

Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant’s or licensee’s record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada.

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued. A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.

Fees

In 2024, you will need to pay a total of $531.55, when renewing your licence. This includes the:

  • Renewal fee with a 50 per cent reduction but adjusted for a 4.35% consumer price index (CPI) for 2024: $392.83.
  • Accessibility Fund Program fee (no longer reduced): $138.72.

CPI is calculated by the City’s Finance Division and approved by City Council. It is based on inflationary pressures for different expenditure categories. CPI applies to all licence categories.

Starting January 1, 2024, if you register a Zero-Emissions Vehicle at the time of your licence renewal, you can enjoy an additional 50 per cent reduction of your renewal fee. The reduction amount will vary every year up to and including 2029. Zero-emission vehicles used as vehicles-for-hire are also exempt from vehicle age limits and are not required to be replaced by a specific time. These measures are to support vehicles-for-hire achieve City Council’s net zero by 2030 goal for the industry.

Electric vehicles (EV) have other benefits, beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They cost less to operate and don’t have tailpipe emissions, helping to reduce air pollution. Learn more about EV benefits and charging options.

Renew licences online

Existing licensees must renew their licences online. Licence renewal fees can be paid online or by sending a cheque.

Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the renewal, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to renew a licence or permit.

Renew Licence

Find your outstanding business licence or permit renewal invoice.

If you fail to renew your licence according to the bylaw, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.

Renewal Forms: