Rideshare permits for Dallas and airports

City of Dallas and DFW Airport Permit Process

Beginning May 1, 2015, the City of Dallas requires all Uber and Lyft rideshare drivers to have (2) two permits, a driver permit and vehicle permit. One for the driver and one for each car used for rideshare. Also, if you intend to pickup at DFW Airport, you will need a 3rd DFW Airport specific permit. In order to legally drive in Dallas and pickup at DFW and Love Field Airports, you must have these permits or risk getting ticketed.

You must have (3) three permits:

1) Driver’s Permit – City of Dallas (cost $53)
2) Vehicle Permit – City of Dallas (inspection cost $40-50 + decal fee $3)
3) Vehicle Permit – DFW Airport (free)


  1. Visit the City of Dallas Transportation for Hire Portal here https://dallascitytx.portal.fasttrackgov.com/Common/ApplicationLinks.aspx
  2. Click “Apply for or renew a Driver’s Permit” on the right side.
  3. “Register Now” on the right side and setup your account.
  4. Verify your email by clicking the link sent to you.
  5. Under “Menu” at the top left, click “Apply for or renew a Driver’s Permit”
  6. “Start a New Application” and fill out all required info with red *
  7. Under question #5 select “Rideshare Vehicle”
  8. Select “Yes” for question #6 and have the City of Dallas conduct their background check.
  9. Click “Review Fees” at the bottom, confirm the $53 total, and select “Submit and Pay Now”
  10. Follow the prompts to PAY for the permit and print your receipt. Snap a screen shot in case you need to prove you paid.
  11. The process takes a couple days to a couple weeks time. Check the status by clicking “Apply for or renew a Driver’s Permit” and viewing the pending application.
  12. Once the status is “PENDING BADGE ISSUE”, the permit is ready to be picked up at the Transportation Regulation Office.

HOW TO GET THE VEHICLE PERMIT (This is a CITY REQUIRED INSPECTION separate from your state inspection.)

  1. You must have a driver’s permit before you can apply for a vehicle permit.
  2. Visit the City of Dallas Transportation for Hire Portal here https://dallascitytx.portal.fasttrackgov.com/Common/ApplicationLinks.aspx
  3. Click “Register or Renew Vehicle Decal (Permit)” on the bottom left.
  4. “Start a New Application” and select “New Motorized Vehicle Registration”
  5. Fill out all required info and “Submit”.
  6. At least 24 hours later, take your vehicle for inspection at one of the city approved inspection stations here. http://dallascityhall.com/departments/codecompliance/Pages/Vehicle-Inspection.aspx
  7. For LYFT-ONLY drivers, wait one day and take your car registration receipt, inspection paperwork and drivers license to the Transportation Regulation Office to have your vehicle decal issued. Pay $3 for the decal. The vehicle decal goes on the bottom corner passenger side of the front windshield.
  8. For UBER drivers, take your inspection paperwork and driver’s permit to one of the Uber Dallas offices below. They will issue you a vehicle permit and deduct it from your pay.

Dallas Transportation Regulation
3131 Dawson Street, 2nd Floor
Dallas, Texas 75226
Phone: (214) 670-3161 Fax: (214) 670-6968
Email: transportationregulation@dallascityhall.com
Office Hours: M-F 8:30a-4p


  1. You MUST HAVE BOTH the city of Dallas driver’s and vehicle permits before you apply for the DFW airport permit.
  2. Bring the car you wish to apply for, with city of Dallas vehicle permit affixed to the windshield, and your driver’s permit to the DFW Ground Transportation Office below. Your vehicle permit must be directly affixed to the windshield, not on any removable object.
  3. Fill out the application.
  4. The office personnel will affix the decal to your windshield in-person.

Directions to DFW Airport Ground Transportation Office
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Phone: 972-973-4078

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