There are two ways to become a taxicab owner:
Taxicab owners who also wish to drive a taxicab, must be licensed as a Vehicle-for-Hire driver.
Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions).
Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):
The Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre is closed due to COVID-19. Businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto can apply via a new online application portal.
Licence application and renewal fees must be paid 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.
If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.
To help the taxicab and limousine industry, during the 2021 budget process, Toronto City Council approved reducing the Accessibility Fund Program fee by 75 per cent for 2021. The new fee was applied on March 12. Anyone who paid the 2021 fee prior to this date will receive a credit that will be applied against future licensing fees.
Application Fee: $0
Licensing fee: $1,003.84
Accessibility Fund Program fee: $31.33
You do not need to pay an application fee when submitting your application. Once your application is approved, you will need to submit a total of $1,035.17, which includes the licensing fee and Accessibility Fund Program fee.
There are no fees associated with these licence types.
Partnerships and corporations must also provide the following:
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:
Applicants must provide an original Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.
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 must be emailed directly to email@example.com from the insurer.
Applicants must submit the original provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match.
In December 2020, City Council adopted bylaw amendments that placed a moratorium on the enforcement of the age of vehicles for the next two years. The change came into effect on January 1. 2021. This means that taxicabs manufactured in 2013, 2014 and 2015 will need to be replaced in 2022.
See the approved taxicab vehicles list.
To register a replacement vehicle the following documents can be submitted through our online renewal portal:
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 SSC or AIC:
You can find your submission date on on the following links:
If an SSC or AIC is not provided within seven days of its due date, your business licence can be suspended.
During consultations for the Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw review, the City heard from the taxi industry that greater flexibility in camera choice was needed to keep up with advancements in technology. Toronto Police Forensic Identification Services also identified issues with the previous cameras that led to unsuccessful downloads of footage needed in police investigations.
Cameras in taxicabs continue to be mandatory in Toronto because of the anonymity of picking up passengers from street-hails or cabstands, and because taxicabs accept cash. Cameras in taxicabs are installed for driver safety.
The updated camera specifications will ensure that taxicab owners and/or drivers can purchase and install cameras at different price points and decide for themselves, if they wish to purchase additional features.
A notice must be attached in the taxicab 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.
Technical specifications of cameras:
Installation and placement of cameras:
Door activation feature of cameras:
If the vehicle is not new, the applicant must provide a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) from the Ministry of Transportation.
The UVIP must show the applicant as the current owner.
Used Vehicle Package must be submitted for all Standard or TTL sales.
A sales agreement is required for plates that have been sold.
A designated custodian and/or taxicab operator 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 City shall deny an application for, or a renewal, for all businesses required to be licenced under this chapter that has:
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.
To help the taxicab and limousine industry, during the 2021 budget process, Toronto City Council approved a 50 per cent reduction in renewal fees and 75 per cent reduction in the Accessibility Fund Program fee for 2021. The new fees were applied on March 12. Anyone who paid the 2021 fees prior to this date will receive a credit that will be applied against future licensing fees.
The renewal fee for Taxicab Owner (Standard Vehicles) is $501.92
Accessibility Fund Program fee: $31.33
You will need to pay a total of $533.25 when renewing your taxicab owner licence.
A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.
The Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre is closed due to COVID-19. Existing licensees can now renew their licences via a new online renewal portal. Licence renewal fees must be paid online.
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.
Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee. 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.