Driving a Public Passenger Vehicle in Chicago requires a Public Chauffeur License issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.
Examples of a Public Passenger Vehicle include but are not limited to taxicabs, livery vehicles, and horse drawn carriages.
It is against the law to operate a public passenger vehicle in the City of Chicago without the proper City license. Soliciting business without a license can lead to impoundment of your vehicle and fines. Public chauffeur licensee information is available at the City of Chicago Data Portal.
To become a driver, you must be at least 21 years of age, attend the Public Chauffeur Training Institute, unless you meet the course exemption criteria, pass a written exam, a physical exam and a criminal background check.
Below you will find application documents and additional information that will get you on the right track to becoming a Public Chauffeur. Download the appropriate application documents listed below and submit your application in person at:
Public Vehicle Operations Facility
Public Chauffeur Licensing Section
Public Vehicle/Medallion Licensing Section
City of Chicago Cashiering Station
2350 W. Ogden Ave., First Floor, Chicago, IL
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.*
*Due to high volume and necessary processing time and to ensure that everyone is serviced before the facility closes at 4:30 p.m., please be aware of the following:
► Applicants for a NEW chauffeur license must check-in at the reception desk before 11:30 a.m.
► Chauffeur licensee Walk-Ins (without scheduled appointments) must check-in at the reception desk before 2:00 p.m.
► Public Vehicle / Medallion licensee Walk-Ins (without scheduled appointments) must check-in at the reception desk before 3:00 p.m.
► Licensees with scheduled appointments may check-in any time before the appointment time.
► For public safety and security, if building capacity has reached the maximum allowable, the front door may be locked to prevent more people from entering the building.