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Pedal Cab Driver

A person or business that operates a pedal cab

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 Get a Business License

Excise and Licenses can notarize your Affidavit of Lawful Presence in our office free of charge. 


Application Fee:  $25.00

Annual License Fee:  $25.00

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance. No credit card payments can be accepted via the phone of the mail. 

Once the background check has been accepted and approved, return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.  Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

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

Renew a Business License

Renew in Person
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.

Request a renewal for your business license.

Once all documentation is complete, you will be issued a payment voucher.

Take the payment voucher to the cashier and pay the renewal license fee.

Return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office with your receipt for payment.

Your business license will be printed.


Renew by Mail
You can mail in your license renewal along with a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total city fees due. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check.

Office Hours and Location
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor

Mailing Information
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

  • Denver Motor Vehicle Record  (current within 14 days of application for renewal)
  • Letter of Hire from Pedal Cab Company

Annual License Fee:  $25.00

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 a penalty fee.

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


  • Department of Excise and Licenses inspectors will attempt to locate and notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date.  However, failure of an inspector to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.


Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 55-381

Requirements 55-391

Fees 32-100.5

Plan Extra Time!

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Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect. Plan extra time to get your license.