Driving a Public Passenger Vehicle in Chicago requires a Public Chauffeur License issued by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP).
BACP issues different types of public chauffeur licenses, such as taxi chauffeur licenses, restricted livery chauffeur licenses, pedicab chauffeur licenses, and horse-drawn carriage chauffeur licenses.
A specific public chauffeur license is required for the type of Public Passenger Vehicle driven. Examples of such vehicles include, but not limited to, taxicabs, livery vehicles, pedicabs, and horse-drawn carriages.
BACP also issues Transportation Network Provider (TNP) chauffeur licenses to TNP drivers. A license TNP company applies for and processes TNP chauffeur licenses for its affiliated transportation network drivers. A TNP driver must contact his or her affiliated TNP company to obtain a City of Chicago issued TNP chauffeur license.
It is against the law to operate a public passenger vehicle in the City of Chicago without the proper City license. Soliciting business without a license can lead to impoundment of your vehicle and fines.