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Taxi Cab Driver

Sec. 55-41. - It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or be permitted to drive a vehicle for hire on the streets of the City for business purposes unless such person is properly licensed by the director of excise and licenses.

Any person who operates a motor vehicle for hire to transport people

Taxicab shall mean a motor-driven passenger automobile used to transport passengers for public hire which has been issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity by the public utilities commission with call-and-demand authority.

If the charges to the customers for riding in a vehicle are charged on a flat rate rather than a meter, then the driver will only be required to take the limousine test.  If the vehicle for hire operates on a meter, the driver must take the taxi driver test.  The van drivers are required to submit the same documents with their applications as are taxi driver applicants.

Taxi FAQ's

Taxi/Herdic Licensing & Testing Changes 

2013 Herdic License Changes 

2014 Herdic License Changes

Herdic License Study Guide-English 

Taxi and Limousine Council

How to Get a Business License


Application Fee:  $50.00

License Fee:  $25.00

CBI Background Check:  $6.85


Fees can be paid with cash, check,  money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the license are completed and submitted to the Department of Excise and Licenses 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 and background check (if required) is approved 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

All City Services: 311

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

Valid Colorado Driver License 

Current credit card sized Taxi ID Badge

Large picture laminates from vehicle  

Current letter of hire

Current Denver Motor Vehicle Record less than 90 days old.

Head Tax Receipt from Treasury Department (Occupational Privilege Tax)

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.

Testing Policy

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m. 
Application must be completed prior to testing time.  The application process will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  
Wellington Webb Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202
Call 311 for information
Applicants are given the Denver Guide of maps to take into the testing room. No other materials will be permitted in the testing room. 
Re-testing following failure
  • Following the first failure, an applicant may retest after 6 days (i.e., may retest on the 7th day after failure)
  • Following the second failure, an applicant may retest after 30 days (i.e., may retest on the 31st day
  • New as of March 19, 2014 Following the third failure, an applicant will be eligible to re-apply and re-test 30 days from the date of the third attempt. A new application and fee will be required; this will allow the applicant three new attempts at taking/passing the Herdic Test.


Re-testing following cheating
  • If an applicant cheats on the test, he or she will not be eligible to re-apply for six months and a new application and fee will be required.
  • If an applicant cheats a second time while taking the test, he or she will not be eligible to re-test for two years from the date of the cheating incident and a new application and fees will be required.
  • If an applicant cheats a third time, he or she may not re-test for five years and a new application and fees will be required.



Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 55-16

Requirements 55-41

Fees 32-119

Plan Extra Time!

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