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 Passenger Carriers Subject to Permit or Certificate Requirements

PASSENGER STAGE CORPORATIONS transport passengers between points on an individual fare basis. Examples are fixed-route bus services and "share-the-ride" airport shuttle services.
CHARTER-PARTY CARRIERS charter their vehicles for the exclusive use of an individual or group. Examples are a group charter of a bus to go to a sporting event and the charter of a limousine for a wedding. Also falling under the charter-party category are some specialized types of passenger carrier services:

  • Round-trip sightseeing service
  • Transportation incidental to another business
  • Transportation under contract to a business, government agency, or private school
  • Transportation of agricultural workers to and from farms

TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES provide prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled application or platform (such as smart phone apps) to connect drivers using their personal vehicles with passengers.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS CARRIERS transport used household goods and personal effects. They are commonly referred to as "movers" or "moving companies." Household goods carriers are authorized to perform residential moves. By specific election, they may also conduct office moving services under their Commission-issued permit as an alternative to securing a motor carrier permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
VESSEL COMMON CARRIERS transport persons or property between points within the state. Examples are commute ferry service on San Francisco Bay and service between California mainland points and Catalina Island.

Carriers Subject To Registration Requirements

FOR-HIRE VESSEL CARRIERS perform passenger transportation services for compensation other than point-to-point service that is subject to vessel common carrier regulation. Examples are loop sightseeing service and fishing boat trips.
COMMERCIAL AIR OPERATORS operate aircraft for commercial purposes for compensation, not including federally certified air carriers. Examples are flight schools, sightseeing services, and chartered intrastate flights.
PRIVATE CARRIERS OF PASSENGERS transport passengers on a "not-for-hire" basis (that is, without receiving any compensation for the service). Examples are a church transporting members of its congregation and an employer transporting its own employees.
INTERSTATE CARRIERS of passengers or used household goods conduct for-hire transportation services from one state to another or to a foreign country. California participates in the Single State Registration System (SSRS).


Last Modified: 11/27/2013

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