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  1. Renewal Package

    Renewal package must be submitted by February 18, 2014.

    2015 Annual Charter Renewal Notice (PDF)

  2. Transportation Charter Party (TCP)

    If you wish to have a limousine or charter permit at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), you must be licensed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)  and be granted a Transportation Charter Party certificate (TCP). The TCP allows you to transport passengers on a pre-arranged basis only.

    The TCP certificate number is noted on the upper left side of the document and will list the class of authority:

    • Class A – operates any points within state
    • Class B – travels within 125 radius miles from home terminal
    • Class P- 15 seats and under including driver

    The TCP will be filed under your name if a sole proprietor, the partner’s names if a partnership, a corporate name if a corporation, or members of a limited liability company. In some cases, the TCP may also include a DBA (Doing Business As). The TCP is valid for three years. The expiration date will be listed on the top of the document and in the last sentence. The TCP must be active with the CPUC at all times. The TCP status can be verified on the CPUC web site.

  3. Driver's License Information

    Provide a copy of the driver’s license for all corporate officers if corporation, members if LLC, partners if partnership, or individuals if sole proprietor. The driver’s license must show the most current address. If the driver’s license does not have the current address, include a Change of Address form issued by the DMV.

  4. Transponder Deposit

    All vehicles must have a transponder and decals. The transponder and decals will be installed on your vehicle. The transponder has a small computer chip that records all the trips you make going into and out of the Airport. You are then billed according to these trips. The amount of trip /loop fees may change annually.

    The transponder deposit is not required for charter permit. However, if the transponder is not returned to the Airport when the vehicle is deleted or your permit is terminated, you will be charged and responsible for a lost transponder fee (see fee schedule).

    At this time only San Francisco and Oakland use the same transponder system. San Jose uses a different transponder system. You are required to have both transponders. If you have a transponder from either Oakland or San Jose Airports, no deposit is needed. Simply include the transponder number on the vehicle registration.

    If you lose a transponder, you must submit payment (see Fee Schedule) and provide a police report case number for a lost or stolen transponder before it can be replaced.

    If you sell your vehicle, you must return the decals and transponder for the deletion of your car from your fleet. If the transponder is not returned to the Ground Transportation Permit Processing Unit (GTPPU) or GTU when the car is sold, the new permittee will be responsible for trips made by the old owner. You may contact GTU to verify if there are any outstanding debts owed on the vehicle before acquiring it.

  5. Annual Registration Fee

    Submit payment of non-refundable registration fee (see Fee Schedule) for every vehicle added or renewed. The amount of the annual registration fee may change annually. Acceptable forms of payment:

    • Money Order
    • Cashier’s Check
    • Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard/Discover)

    Make checks payable to City and County of San Francisco, Airport Commission.

    Cash is not accepted.

  6. Monthly Credit Card Payment Application

    Your company will be billed monthly for the number of trips made by your vehicles into and out of SFO. You can pay your bill by credit card (Visa/MasterCard/Discover) or check. If you want to pay your bill monthly by credit card, complete the Monthly Credit Card Payment Application (pdf). This application can be submitted initially when turning in the application for a new permit or at a later date. You can be added to the credit card payment plan at any time.

  7. Insurance

    California-based companies must provide insurance purchased through a broker licensed with the State of California. Check the producer license status with the California Department of Insurance.

    All insurance provided to the San Francisco International Airport must have a rating of “A”. Insurance company ratings can be found at the Better Business Bureau.

  8. Automobile Liability Insurance

    SFO follows the insurance guidelines provided by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Airport requires a certificate of insurance (usually ACORD) issued by the insured’s broker or insurance company. The amounts required are based on the seating capacity of the largest vehicle registered to the company:

    • 1 through 8 seats including the driver - $750,000
    • 9 through 15 seats including the driver - $1,500,000
    • 16 or more seats - $5,000,000

    The Airport must be listed as additional insured on the certificate as follows:

    City and County, San Francisco
    Airport Commission
    P.O. Box 8097
    San Francisco, CA 94128

    The CPUC requires each insurance company to guarantee coverage of a company’s complete fleet; therefore only one insurance policy is acceptable for a TCP/PSC.

    Sample ACORD (pdf)

  9. Fleet Schedule

    SFO requires proof of insurance coverage for each vehicle operating at the Airport. That proof is in the form of a fleet schedule provided by the insurance company or broker. A fleet schedule is a detailed listing of all insured vehicles.

    Sample Fleet Schedule (pdf)

  10. General Liability Insurance

    Any company operating a vehicle exempt from Livery Plates (vans, buses, and stretch limousines) must provide a general liability certificate of insurance (usually ACORD) issued by the insurance company or insurance broker. General liability insurance provides liability coverage to a company if an incident should occur outside of a vehicle. The minimum amount required is: 

    • $1,000,000

    The Airport must be listed as additional insured on the certificate as follows:

    City and County, San Francisco
    Airport Commission
    P.O. Box 8097
    San Francisco, CA 94128

    Sample of ACORD (pdf)

  11. San Francisco International Airport Required Insurance Endorsement

    This endorsement was written by the San Francisco International Airport Attorney’s Office and must accompany each automobile and general liability insurance certificate (usually ACORD). The endorsement must be competed and signed by an authorized representative of the insurance company.

    Sample San Francisco International Airport Required Insurance Endorsement (pdf)

  12. Worker’s Compensation Insurance and Exemption Form

    Every company that has employees must provide a copy of the worker’s compensation insurance certificate to the Airport. The Airport must be listed as certificate holder on the certificate:

    City and County, San Francisco
    Airport Commission
    P.O. Box 8097
    San Francisco, CA 94128

    Worker’s compensation insurance exemptions are as follows:

    • If company is a corporation – all corporate officers filed with California Secretary of State are exempt from worker’s compensation insurance
    • If a company is an LLC – all members filed with the California Secretary of State are exempt from worker’s compensation insurance
    • If a partnership – all partners listed on TCP are exempt from worker’s compensation insurance
    • If an individual – only the spouse may drive the vehicle if filed as a driver with the California Public Utilities Commission.

    Anyone else driving your vehicle must be covered by worker’s compensation insurance regardless of number of hours and relationship to owner.

    All drivers must be filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, participate in the CPUC Controlled Substance and Alcohol Testing Certification Program and be registered with the DMV Pull Notice Program.

    Companies that do not have employees must sign and complete a Worker’s Compensation Insurance Exemption Form annually.

    Sample Worker’s Compensation Insurance Certificate (pdf)

    Worker’s Compensation Insurance Exemption Form (pdf)

    Additional insurance questions should be addressed to your insurance broker.

  13. California Highway Patrol (CHP) Terminal Safety Inspection Report

    The CHP will do an annual fleet safety inspection for companies that have vehicles with 11 seats or more, including the driver. That inspection report is valid for thirteen months from date of issue. The report must have a satisfactory rating and sign by the company. The CHP will wait approximately 90 days to re-inspect a company with an unsatisfactory rating.

    CHP sample (pdf)

  14. Out of State Operators Vehicle Safety Inspection Reports

    Out of state (non-California) operators must provide a copy of a vehicle inspection report per their state requirements for each bus that will be registered to operate at SFO or include a Safety and Fitness Electronic Record System (SAFER) report.

    Sample Long Distance Interstate Commerce Certificate (pdf)

  15. Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

    All Corporations and Limited Liability Companies must be registered with and be active with the California Secretary of State.

    Sample Secretary of State (pdf)

  16. Articles of Incorporation (Corporations) or Articles of Organization – (Limited Liability Companies - LLC)

    Each corporation must provide a copy of the articles of corporation. Each limited liability company must provide a copy of the articles of organization.

    Sample Secretary of State (pdf)

  17. Commercial Vehicle Registrations – Buses and Vans

    Submit a valid commercial registration for all buses and vans. Include the vehicle number and seating capacity of each on the registration. Also include the transponder number from San Jose or Oakland Airports if applicable.

  18. Statement of Information – Corporations or LLCs

    Submit a copy of the Statement of Information. A Statement of Information is filed with the Secretary of State every year listing the corporate officers or members.

    Sample Secretary of State (pdf)