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who needs a ground transportation operating permit?

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) authorizes transportation companies to pick up and drop off passengers at SFO. These companies must apply for a Ground Transportation Operating Permit with the Ground Transportation Permit Processing Unit (GTPPU or GTU).


Permitted companies must first be licensed with the California Public Utilities Commission  or have been granted Operating Authority by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration  for out of state carriers.

All vehicles operating at the airport must display a transponder and permit-specific decals. Vehicles not properly registered at SFO are subject to citations issued by the San Francisco Police Department-Airport Bureau as well as administrative fines issued by Landside Operations. Permitted companies must comply with the Airport’s Rules and Regulations at all times to remain active.

Permitted companies will be billed monthly trip fees based on the number of trips made to the Airport to pick up and/or drop off passengers. Long Distance Charter operators pay an annual registration fee based on the number of vehicles in their fleet in lieu of monthly trip fees.

Mandatory Orientation

PDF iconGTU 2012 Orientation Schedule

There is a Mandatory Orientation held in the GTU for all new applicants other than Long Distance Charter companies (see definition of Long Distance Charter under Types of Ground Transportation Permits). After having attended Mandatory Orientation, completed applications may be submitted by appointment to the GTU or mailed to:

San Francisco International Airport
Ground Transportation Permit Processing Unit
P.O. Box 8097
San Francisco, CA 94128