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 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.

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

How to Apply

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.