How to Start a Limo Business in Atlanta Airport

Certificates and permits are required to operate limousines at the Atlanta airport.
Certificates and permits are required to operate limousines at the Atlanta airport. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Limousine companies doing business at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are subject to regulation at the state and airport levels. In addition to one or more permits, you also are required to maintain commercial insurance and make certain the vehicle is optimally maintained and, therefore, safe.

Legally organize your company, if applicable. You must file legal paperwork to form some types of Georgia business entities — corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs). The secretary of state corporations division oversees business formations in Georgia; its website provides the forms needed to create a business entity and an overview of the process (see Resources).

Obtain state permits. The permits you need to operate a limousine company and the agency responsible for oversight depend on several factors, including passenger destination — intrastate or interstate — vehicle seating capacity and type of vehicle, such as limousine, extended limousine and sedan. The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) website provides a chart that summarizes the permits you need and provides links to the required applications, as well as information concerning the fees that must accompany your application (see Resources).

Obtain insurance. Georgia law requires that you obtain commercial liability and property damage insurance on your vehicle with minimum coverage amounts based on the limousine’s seating capacity. The Application for Class B Limousine Carrier Certificate on the GPCS website provides insurance information.

Attend mandatory training, if applicable. Depending on the type of vehicle you operate, you might be required to attend a class that covers Georgia and GPSC laws and regulations. You will be notified of the date and place of the class once the GPSC has received your permit application.

Obtain an airport parking permit. You must register your vehicle with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Ground Transportation Division and obtain a parking permit to operate a limousine at the airport. Annual renewal is required, at which time you also must provide proof of insurance. If you need assistance, contact the Ground Transportation Division directly at (404) 270-7271 or (404) 530-6674.

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