There are two ways to become a taxi owner.

1. Toronto Taxicab Licences (TTL) will be issued from a waiting list of drivers. New licences are subject to all applicable fees and conditions.

To be added to the waiting list:

  • you must have been a full-time taxicab driver for the past three years
  • you cannot have owned a taxicab in the past five years

If your position on the driver’s list changes, you will be contacted by the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

2. You can purchase an existing Standard taxi or TTL taxi. When you purchase a standard taxicab, you will be issued a standard taxicab licence. When you purchase a TTL, you will be issued a TTL. Both licences are subject to conditions.

Taxi owners who also wish to drive a taxi, must be licensed as a Vehicle-for-Hire driver.

Individuals, partnerships or corporations

Apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

Taxi Owner (Standard Vehicles)

Application Fee: $0

Toronto Taxi Licence (TTL) and Taxi Owner (Accessible)

There are not fees associated with these licence types.

Partnerships and corporations must also provide the following:

  • a business location/address
  • a copy of provincial business name registration or signed franchise agreement
  • a partnership agreement

Or

  • a copy of Articles of Incorporation (Note: If there has been a change to the list of officers and directors, please also provide a current Corporate Profile Report.)

If the president, director or officer of the corporation are unable to apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 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, or, if original identification is not available, notarized photocopies of the identification.

Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions).

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

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

Please note:

After November 1st, 2018, under Province’s Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, Municipal Licensing and Standards will require “Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Checks” for all applications and renewals. “Criminal Record Checks” will not be accepted.

Applicants must submit the original provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match.

Applicants must provide proof of $2,000,000 in Public Liability and Property Damage (PL/PD) insurance 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 by fax can be emailed directly to mlstaxilimo@toronto.ca from the insurer.

A sales agreement is required for plates that have been sold.

A Standard Safety Certificate (SSC) is required after your application is completed.

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

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

To submit your SSC:

  • Email a photo or scanned copy of your SSC to vehicleinspection@toronto.ca with your plate number in the subject line. You will only be contacted if there are any issues.
  • Bring an original copy to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office.

You can find your submission date on on the following links:

Toronto Taxicab Licence (TTL) Taxicab Vehicle Inspections

Standard, Ambassador and Accessible (W) Taxicab Vehicle Inspections

  • If a taxi is driven more than 40,000 km in the previous year, an SSC must be submitted once every six months.
  • If a taxi is driven less than 40,000 km in the previous year, an SSC must be submitted once per year.
  • SSC 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 Safety Standards Certifications in the vehicle.

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

If the vehicle is not new, the applicant must provide a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) from the Ministry of Transportation.

An agent contract and/or a designated custodian can be assigned, if applicable.

All outstanding licensing fees and charges must be paid by the licensee transferring the licence and/or the applicant to whom the licence is being transferred.

The vehicle:

  • Must be no more than seven model years old. E.g. a taxicab manufactured in 2012 must be replaced in 2019
  • Cannot be a former police vehicle or a taxi from another jurisdiction
  • Must have the taxicab plate affixed to the right side of the rear bumper

See the approved vehicle list

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued.

The renewal fee for Taxi Owner (Standard Vehicles) is $964.86.

A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.

Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee.

If you fail to renew your licence within 90 days of the specified renewal date, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.