How to Start a Taxi Business in Orlando, Florida

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The vacation industry is a main source of taxi business in Orlando.
The vacation industry is a main source of taxi business in Orlando. (Image: Taxi in Berlin image by Sascha Bors from Fotolia.com)

Orlando International is a very busy airport because of the many major attractions in the area: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, etc., tourists are always in the area, looking for transportation. The greater Orlando area thrives due to these destinations, hotels and businesses. Operating a taxi business in Orlando can be accomplished if you adhere to the regulations, make sure all bases are covered, and are willing to work hard and promote.

Things You'll Need

  • Driver's License
  • Vehicle
  • Insurance
  • Form OP-1(1)

Get Your Taxi Rolling

Get a Florida Class "E" driver's license. This is the standard driver's license- a commercial driver's license is not needed.

Buy a vehicle suited for transporting passengers. The vehicle must undergo a Florida safety inspection, and have proper taxi markings (including a roof light). A fare meter is strongly suggested, and must be installed and calibrated by a professional, then inspected by a Florida State Inspector. Specifics are covered in the Orange County Convention Center Transportation Section (see References).

Fill out and submit Form OP-(P). This is the necessary form to register your taxi as a business. It explains all the requirements to operate a taxi business (see Federal Motor Carrier Administration in References).

Obtain the necessary insurance. For taxi cabs, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles requires bodily injury liability (BIL) coverage of $125,000 per person, $250,000 per occurrence and $50,000 for property damage liability (PDL) coverage.

Register and promote your business. Most attractions, airports and hotels require you to register your taxi operation individually to conduct business at their facilities. For business development ideas and restrictions, see Sunbiz.org in Resources.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Orange County Convention Center Transportation Center link thoroughly explains taxi requirements for Orange County (Orlando). This is their list of prerequisites necessary to operate at the convention center. Their standards are high, and are similar to the other major areas to conduct business in Orlando (see References).
  • Operating a taxi in Orlando is very competitive. Many drivers complain about the high fares required and the shuttle services offered by the attractions and hotels, which take away a lot of the available business. A notable fact is that the well-established carriers have many of the lucrative contracts and "ins."

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