• Transportation Licensing and Analysis Branch (TLAB)

    TLAB helps ensure that passenger carriers operate safely in California while protecting the public and promoting fair competition.  We grant or deny authorities to operate in the State of California in compliance with state laws and engage stakeholders in the Commission's development of transportation rules and regulations.

  •    Recent Licensing Updates

    New Transportation Carrier Portal (TCPortal)

    Stating June 21, 2021, passenger carriers will manage their permits/certificates and make requests to the CPUC using the new Transportation Carrier Portal (TCPortal).

    Link to the TCPortal,  Link to the TCPortal Information Page, Link to the TCPortal Help & FAQs Page

    • Existing active carriers that have an operating permit/certificate with the CPUC will receive an email from the CPUC (tcportal@cpuc.ca.gov) to access their accounts.
    • New applicants will use the TCPortal to start and submit an application

    Licensing staff will continue to answer calls through our Transportation Carrier Call Center (1-800-877-8867) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00-3:00 PM.  You can also email your inquires to: licensing@cpuc.ca.gov.  

    Commission Adopted COVID-19 Resolution TL-19131

    Effective on August 17, 2020, the Resolution requires all passenger carriers under the Commission's jurisdiction to follow COVID-19 related guidance issued by the CDC and State issued Industry Guidance as well as Public Health Orders issued by the state and local jurisdictions.

    The Resolution also extends the suspension period for most suspensions to allow carriers to have more time to reinstate their permits, which may have been suspended due to COVID-19 related issues, and waives the $125 Reinstatement from Revocation fee for the duration of the pandemic.

    Link to Resolution, Link to State issued Industry Guidance

    No Passenger Carrier Walk-Ins at 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco as of March 19, 2020

    As of March 19, 2020, the License Section will NOT accept walk-ins at 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. If you are submitting documents in response to a Deficiency Letter, all documents must be submitted via e-mail to the analyst assigned. In addition, Licensing staff will continue to answer calls through our Transportation Carrier Call Center (1-800-877-8867) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. You can also email your inquiries to: Licensing@cpuc.ca.gov

    Transportation Carrier Call Center Open for Calls Beginning February 12, 2020

    Beginning February 12, 2020, CPUC’s Transportation Licensing team is expanding its availability for questions regarding pending applications, equipment updates, or general questions by establishing a new Transportation Carrier Call Center: 1-800-877-8867. Dedicated staff will be available to answer calls on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and will follow up on voice messages left outside of those hours. In addition, Licensing staff may continue to be reached via email at: Licensing@cpuc.ca.gov.

    Alert on Scams

    The CPUC is aware that active carriers and new applicants for a permit or certificate from the CPUC are being contacted by unknown people outside the CPUC. The call looks like it is coming from a CPUC phone number and the caller claims to be a CPUC employee. The caller states that additional money ($100-$2,000) must be paid by wire transfer, over the phone with a credit or debit card, or with iTunes gift cards, or the application (or current permit or certificate) will be suspended or denied. This is a scam! The CPUC does not place telephone calls to solicit extra funds to complete new applications or renewals, or to demand additional quarterly or annual fees. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the CPUC, do not, under any circumstances, provide any information over the phone to the caller. You may contact the CPUC License Section at licensing@cpuc.ca.gov to verify the legitimate issue outstanding. You may also report the call, any information provided by the caller, and your observations to law enforcement. For more information, refer to the “Telephone Scam Alert Notification” post.

  • Charter-Party Carrier (TCP)

    Charter-Party Carrier (TCP) covers passenger carriers that perform charter service, round trip sightseeing, or passenger transportation under Commission authority.  Carriers can obtain specific permits or certificates applicable to their services to the public.

    Passenger Stage Corporation (PSC) & Vessel Common Carrier (VCC)

    Passenger Stage Corporation (PSC) are passenger carriers that transport passengers between points on an individual fare basis.  Vessel Common Carriers (VCC) are passenger carriers that transport persons or property between points within the state by water.  Both PSC and VCC must go through the formal filing process with the Commission for approval of operations.

    Transportation Network Companies (TNC)

    Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) 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.

    Autonomous Vehicles (AVC)

    Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have been authorized for testing in passenger service on a pilot basis by charter-party carriers (TCPs) who also possess the required authority from DMV for AV testing on public roads in California.

    Transportation Enforcement

    The CPUC takes enforcement action against passenger carriers. For more information about the Transportation Enforcement Branch (TEB), click on the More Info link below.

    Contact Us

    Email: licensing@cpuc.ca.gov
    Mail: CPUC Transportation License Section
    505 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102

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