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Certificate of Operating Authority

Certificate of Operating Authority Application Instructions and Notices:

  • December 15th was the deadline to submit applications to renew operating authority for limousine companies, independent owner/operators, and taxicab companies and associations. The Department is no longer accepting these applications.
  • The Department is currently accepting Applications for New Operating Authority (DCTC 009), which must be completed under oath and notarized. Please note the requirement to provide Attachment 20 (Certificate Regarding Pre-Application Vehicle Operations). Applications for new operating authrity will NOT be accepted without this attachment.
  • To be considered complete, the Application must include all items requested. Incomplete Applications will not be processed. Acceptance of your fee payment and issuance of a receipt for that payment by the Department of For-Hire Vehicles does not constitute approval of your Application.
  • If your Application is submitted on time and approved, you will receive either an Operating Authority Certificate or a letter indicating when your certificate will be ready. Normal processing time for your application is fifteen (15) business days.
  • Please note that there have been numerous amendments to the bound July 2004 volume of Title 31 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), which applies to the operation of your business. An electronic copy of the DCMR Title 31 can be found online at http://www.dcregs.dc.gov/. For a hard copy contact Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 520S, Washington, DC 20001 Phone: (202) 727-5090; Fax: (202) 727-6042.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit the completed application and attachments on a flash drive or CD.
  • Should you have any questions, contact your Account Manager at (202) 645-7300.