Pedal Cab Company

A person or business that operates a pedal cab business

A pedal cab is a multi-wheeled, hooded, or unhooded vehicle that is propelled by human power and is used for the transport of passengers for a fee on the public streets.

Pedal Cab License Plates

As of March 1, 2013, all licensed pedal cabs will be required to display a pedal cab license plate on the rear of their vehicles. Licensed pedal cab companies must obtain a plate for each of their vehicles from the Department of Excise and Licenses.

*The one-time cost of each license plate is $25.00.

*The plates must be displayed on the back of the pedal cab at all times and be lit at night.

*Annual renewal stickers for the plates will be issued upon renewal of the pedal cab company license. There is no extra charge for the renewal sticker. Current annual stickers must be displayed on the plate, to the right of the three-digit plate number, by March 1st of each year.

These rules were adopted in December 2012 thanks to significant efforts from the pedal cab industry and Denver stakeholders, and after a public hearing. Below is the full text of the license plate rule, and two rules regarding pedal cab driver’s licenses and proof of insurance:

  1. All pedal cabs operated by a licensed pedal cab company shall have displayed a pedal cab license plate issued by the Department of Excise and Licenses. The license plate shall be displayed on the back of the pedal cab at all times, be lit at night, and have a current annual renewal sticker issued by the Department.
  2. If a licensed pedal cab driver stops working for his or her pedal cab company of record, the driver and the pedal cab company shall notify the Department of Excise and Licenses within ten (10) days. A licensed driver may transfer his or her pedal cab driver’s license to a new pedal cab company, in accordance with existing Department procedures.
  3. Licensed pedal cab companies shall submit current proof of insurance to the Department of Excise and Licenses upon annual license renewal.


How to Submit an Application 

There are a variety of ways that you can submit your New or Renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, please make sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) with the submittal.

  1. In an effort to protect public safety, in-person customer service at Excise and Licenses is being offered by appointment only. Please visit our appointments website to make an appointment. 
  2. All license applications not available online can be submitted via email,, during this health crisis. When submitting your email application, please attach all documents pertaining to your license application to ONE email. Please visit our email application process page for more information on submitting email applications.
  3. You may also mail in your application with fees to:

City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and License
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance

You may also pay for your applications online or via phone once you have submitted your application to Excise and Licenses. We will send you an invoice and you may pay virtually. Please visit our online payment process page for more information on how to submit payment for your applications.

For questions, please email or call 311.

How to Get a New Business License

Step 3: Fees

Application Fee:  $50.00

License Fee:  $50.00

CBI Name Check:  $5.00

One-time cost of each license plate is $25.00

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Credit card payments are only accepted in person. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance.


Step 4: Get Your License

Notify the Department of Excise and Licenses, at, that you would like your license emailed to you when all of the steps below have been completed. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN), name of your company and address of your business when emailing this request.

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. The background check, if applicable, is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.
  4. All required inspections, if applicable, are passed.


Renew a Business License

Required Documents

Renewal Fees

License Fee:  $50.00

Late Renewals

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees. 

90 Day Grace Period

There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying the license fee and the penalty fee. However, if a license is not renewed before the expiration date, they must cease operations until the license has been renewed during this grace period.

First 30 days of grace period:  20% penalty fee

Days 31 - 90:  50% penalty fee

After 90 days:  Licensees will be required to apply for a new license


Renewal Policies

Department of Excise and Licenses will attempt to notify business license holders, at the email provided at time of application by business owner, of the approaching expiration date. However, failure of an email to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.