Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Public Chauffeur Information

Driving a Public Passenger Vehicle in Chicago requires a Public Chauffeur License issued by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP).

BACP issues different types of public chauffeur licenses, such as taxi chauffeur licenses, restricted livery chauffeur licenses, pedicab chauffeur licenses, and horse-drawn carriage chauffeur licenses.

A specific public chauffeur license is required for the type of Public Passenger Vehicle driven. Examples of such vehicles include, but not limited to, taxicabs, livery vehicles, pedicabs, and horse-drawn carriages.

BACP also issues Transportation Network Provider (TNP) chauffeur licenses to TNP drivers. A license TNP company applies for and processes TNP chauffeur licenses for its affiliated transportation network drivers. A TNP driver must contact his or her affiliated TNP company to obtain a City of Chicago issued TNP chauffeur license.

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.

How to Apply

 

The Public Chauffeurs License Application Checklist listed below outlines all of the requirements and steps you will need to follow.

Also listed below are additional documents and information that will get you on the right track to becoming a Public Chauffeur.

Download and complete the appropriate documents 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.