How to Renew Taxi and Limo Owner Plates for 2023
Taxicab and limo plate licences expire October 31st. Renewal paperwork, payment and inspection must be completed during the month of October.
The application and necessary documentation must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required documentation includes:
- Owner Licence Plate Application form
- vehicle ownership
- vehicle insurance
- a safety standards certificate.
A renewal fee of $750 per plate is due (except for accessible vehicles for hire, which will be covered by an Accessible Grant.) Payment options include phoning 519-930-3515 and paying by credit card; or paying with cheque, debit, credit during the vehicle inspection.
Vehicle inspections take place at Silverwoods Arena, 50 Sycamore St from October 17 - 31st (Monday to Friday) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The City of London introduced the Vehicle for hire by-law in 2017 to better regulate taxicabs, limousines, and private vehicle for hire companies (e.g. Uber, Facedrive) to help promote a greater sense of safety for both drivers and passengers.
Please read the information below as well as the by-law before applying for a licence.
Application details for taxi cab & limousine drivers
Complete a vehicle for hire driver licence application form.
Every application for a new driver must include:
- An Ontario Drivers Licence
- Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Resident Status, or a Work Permit(and possibly a visa) issued by the Government of Canada
- A Police Records Check dated no later than 60 days prior to the application (Note: criminal convictions within the last five years may result in a licence not being issued). A third-party police check obtained online is also suitable.
- A Ministry of Transportation Driver’s Record (abstract) dated no later than 60 days prior to the application
Applicants may choose between a 12 or 24-month licence. Driver licence fees are $5/month. The associated fees are:
- 12 months - $60
- 24 months - $120
Taxi cab & limousine owners
All transactions related to taxi cab and limousine plates must be conducted through email. The necessary forms are found below:
- Regulation 1 - Amended January 29, 2020. Speaks to limousine vehicle types, conditions of vehicles
- Regulation 2 - Amended November 18, 2018. Speaks to cab colours
- Regulation 3 - Amended September 24, 2019. Speaks to cameras, fares, safety certificates
- Regulation 4 - Created Feb 6, 2019. Speaks to top lights and identification within the vehicle
Although not required by the by-law, driver training can help develop good driver habits. Topics covered include a focus on by-law regulations, customer service, the role of enforcement, dealing with persons varying abilities, and sensitivity training. The City of London does not offer such courses but you can contact the following to inquire about training:
Bob Barker (independent) Tel 514-803-7518 or email@example.com
Yellow London Taxi Tel 519-657-1111
Note: The City of London does not endorse or monitor any of the courses or instructors listed here. These are simply provided as a courtesy.
Starting a private vehicle for hire company
Before starting and operating a vehicle for hire company, all of the below information should be read in conjunction with the by-law:
- Speak with Service Ontario to determine if the business will operate under an individual or a company
- A vehicle for hire broker licence is required
- Each driver who operates within the brokerage will need complete or provide the following:
- Apply through the brokerage mobile app as a new driver
- Provide the brokerage with an Ontario Driver's Licence
- Provide proof of Citizenship
- Provide a Police Record Check and Driver's Abstract (both dated within 60 days)
All of the above driver information will need to be reviewed by the brokerage to determine if it complies with the by-law.
- The Vehicle for Hire Broker Licence must be renewed each October, plus a $0.35/per trip fee which is to be provided to the City by the 15th of each month. Contact us for a fee breakdown.
Working for a private vehicle for hire company
If you are currently working or plan on working for a private vehicle for hire company (e.g. Uber), all documents, inquiries, and fees should be sent through the company. The company provides the City with a list of all driver's names, driver's documents, and applicable fees. No documents or fees should be submitted to the City of London by the driver, unless otherwise specified.
Although we attempt to keep this page up-to-date, please refer to the vehicle for hire by-law, Schedule 5 - Fees for the most accurate rates.
Licence fees identified in this by-law are non-refundable. Each fee listed below shall be charged by the City in each particular instance.
- Driver licence- Cab, Accessible Cab, Limousine - $60 per year or $120 every two years
- Owner licence - Class A & Class B Cab - Limousine - Class A & Class B Accessible Cab - $750 per year
- General broker licence - $400 per year
- Transportation network company
|Transportation Network Company||(plus $0.35c per Trip)|
|1-50 vehicles||$1 000|
|51-100 vehicles||$5 000|
|101-500 vehicles||$10 000|
|501-1000 vehicles||$15 000|
|1000 plus vehicles||$50 000|
- Replacement of owner plate or driver licence replacement - $35
- Cab or accessible cab priority list - $25 one-time fee
- Request for appeal of decision of Licence Manager - $100
File a complaint
If you wish to make a complaint against the driver of a taxi, limousine, or private vehicle for hire, first, contact the company (e.g. Checker, Yellow, UBER, Facedrive). Then contact our Licensing Office and an enforcement officer will investigate.
Submit complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org include the following information:
- your name
- your contact information
- vehicle for hire company
- plate number (if available)
- detailed description of the complaint (images are welcome)
Note: We require your contact information so that the assigned By-law Enforcement Officer may contact you for further information. Your information is not public knowledge and cannot be accessed by the public.