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Driver Resources

DFHV is taking steps during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to support for-hire drivers, vehicle owners and businesses. Drivers can take advantage of useful free resources such as financial assistance, health care insurance, legal services and more.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

  • For-Hire drivers are considered independent contractors and thus are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
  • If you are a DC licensed taxi driver and live in DC, Maryland or Virginia, you are eligible to apply for unemployment assistance with the District.
  • To apply, you must:
  • Independent contractors such as for-hire drivers should not apply for unemployment as an employee of a taxi or for-hire company but as a self-employed individual.
  • TNC and limo drivers should apply for PUA via the jurisdiction where they made the most earnings.
  • More information on resources for individuals is available here.


Small Business Assistance

As an independent contractor, you may be eligible for the following programs:

Food Delivery Opportunity

DFHV has authorized taxicabs to engage in prepared food delivery service. For more information, please review the Administrative Issuance (PDF).

Housing Assistance

Food Assistance

Health Assistance

Please take good care of yourself during the pandemic. If you are sick, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been told to quarantine by a medical provider, or have come in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not work and only return to work once you have been cleared by a medical provider.

COVID-19 Phase Two Health Guidance

Health Insurance

More Information

For updates on the District’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

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