A passenger transportation licence is needed to operate taxis in British Columbia. This web page has forms and information for different types of taxi applications:

Taxi Applications

APPLY Start a New Taxi Service
Application Guide

Step A

Guide 1:  

I want to start a new taxi service

Branch Forms

Step B

Special Authorization Application Package

Board Forms

Step C

  1. Required:
    PDV Forms Package
  2. Optional:
    Board Optional Forms Package
Send

Step D

Send your application to the Branch in Coquitlam.

APPLY Change a Taxi Service Licence
Application Guide

Step A

Guide 2:  
I want to change my taxi licence

Branch Forms

Step B

Special Authorization Application Package

Board
Forms

Step C

  1. Required:
    PDV Forms Package
  2. Optional:
    Board Optional Forms Package
Send

Step D

Send your application to the Branch in Coquitlam.

APPLY Add Vehicles to a Taxis Fleet
Application Guide

Step A

Guide 3:  
I want to add taxis to my fleet

Branch Forms

Step B

Special Authorization Application Package

Board Forms

Step C

  1. Required:
    PDV Forms Package
  2. Required Spreadsheets:
    Reference Sheet 16: Operational Taxi Data
    SSA: Taxi Data Spreadsheets
  3. Optional:
    Board Optional Forms Package
Send

Step D

Send your application to the Branch in Coquitlam.

APPLY Change Taxi Rates or Rules
Did You Know?

The Board uses a Taxi & Limousine Cost Index (TLCI) to identify rate increases that taxi licensees can request without making a Change of Rates application. Go to the TLCI webpage to get information about TLCI reviews and whether a TLCI rate increase is available. If a TLCI increase is available, this page provides request forms and deadlines.

Application Guide

Step A

Guide  4:  
I want to change my taxi rates or rules

Branch Forms

Step B

SA Application to Change Rates & Rules for PDVs

Board Forms

Step C

  1. Required:
    PDV Forms Package
  2. Optional:
    Board Optional Forms Package
Send

Step D

Send your application to the Branch in Coquitlam.

Temporary Operating Permit for Extra Vehicles
(TOPs)

Sample Temporary Operating Permit

Sometimes a licensee needs extra taxis, limousines or other passenger directed vehicles (“PDVs”) for a short time.  Temporary Operating Permits (TOPs) allow for this.

The Board makes decisions on TOP applications it gets from licensees with a PDV special authorization. The test is “urgent and temporary need”.  More information about TOPs is provided below. 

PT Board Permits

 

PT Branch Permits

The Registrar of Passenger Transportation also has authority to issue some TOPs. This includes TOPs for substitute vehicles.  See the PT Branch website for details.