Taxi Administration

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Taxicab Administration has contractual agreements with the cities of El Cajon, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Diego and Santee through June 30, 2019, to license and regulate the following for-hire vehicles:

  • Taxicab
  • Nonemergency Medical
  • Jitney
  • Charter
  • Low Speed Vehicle (LSV)
  • Sightseeing


The Taxicab Administration staff includes one Manager, three Regulatory Analysts and six Regulatory Inspectors.

Taxicab Administration personnel determine owner eligibility; inspect vehicles; issue permits; monitor compliance with administrative and operational regulations; and investigate passenger complaints and compliments.

For further information on private-hire vehicles regulated by MTS Taxicab Administration, click on a link below:

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City of San Diego Taxicab Permits

                                                                                                                                                                  March 2, 2015

On November 10, 2014, the San Diego City Council amended Council Policy 500-02 to allow additional San Diego taxicab permits to be issued.  The MTS Board of Directors adopted the

policy changes on February 12. The changes will become effective in Ordinance 11 on April 1, 2015. The MTS Taxicab Administration is now accepting City of San Diego Taxicab Permit Applicant Interest Forms via US mail. A $50 per-permit (medallion), nonrefundable deposit (US Postal money order only) must be submitted with the interest form. For preliminary information prior to submitting an applicant interest form, please click here. At this time, MTS Taxicab Administration is not accepting new applications for city taxicab permits. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Thank you,

MTS Taxicab Administration Staff



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