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Independent Vehicle Business

The Independent Vehicle Business (IVB) is a District of Columbia based businesses formed by Maryland and Virginia residents for the purpose of allowing the registration of public vehicles-for-hire (taxicabs, limousines, and black cars) in Washington, DC as independent owner-operators.  An IVB can be any type of District of Columbia based business (a corporation, an LLC, an LLP, or a sole proprietorship).

This Chapter 5 emergency rulemaking creates a pathway for non-District residents to own and operate DFHV licensed taxicabs and other luxury class vehicles, allowing them to legally provide point-to-point service in the District of Columbia. Applying for an IVB license is easy. All documentation required is outlined below.

Documents required for Independent Vehicle Business (IVB) License

  • Completed One-Stop form
  • Completed IVB Addendum
  • Current D.C. DMV vehicle registration card
  • Current DMV vehicle inspection sheet
  • Current personal automobile insurance policy
  • Current personal driver’s license issued by D.C., Maryland, or Virginia
  • Public vehicle-for-hire operator’s license (face card) for taxicab, black car, or limousine
  • Copy of prior year Federal and D.C. income tax returns
  • DCRA certificate of District-based business (corporation, LLC, LLP, or sole proprietorship)
  • DCRA certificate of occupancy for place of business in dc
  • DCRA certificate of registration of a trade name (optional)
  • DCRA clean hands certificate

Application fees 

  • For initial and renewal independent owner-operator authority:  $50
  • For initial IVB license:  $150
  • For renewal IVB license:  no charge
  • All payments must be made by check, money order, or Visa/MasterCard.  Checks and money orders must be payable to DC Treasurer.

Complete the application for IVB Owner-Operator Authority, the application for IVB License and the IVB Addendum which are attached below. If you have any questions, please contact the Client Services Department by email at [email protected] or call 202 645-6001.

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