Become a licenced Livery driver today

This guide will walk you through the main steps you need to take to become a licenced livery driver in Arizona.

We will also cover the process to acquire a permit to operate at Sky Harbour International Airport.


There are several steps to getting an Arizona Livery Licence.

Set up your company

Fill out and submit your Livery Licence application

Complete a criminal background check

Purchase commercial insurance


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Driver Requirements

Driver Requirements

  • Be over21 years of age
  • Have a clean driving record and pass a background check
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    Vehicle Requirements

    Vehicle Requirements

  • Drivers in Arizona are required to obtain an annual vehicle inspection that covers vehicle safety and emissions
  • Should include at least a brake and tire inspection by a qualified party
  • Need to keep your records for two years
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    Informational Requirements

    Informational Requirements

  • Your company details
  • Personal details e.g. name, phone number, address…
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • VIN number of your vehicle
  • Federal Employer ID Number
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    / Step 1: Set up your company

    When you are ready to get started with setting up your company, the Arizona State Government provides a lot of useful information on the ‘Business One Stop’ homepage. 

    / Step 2: Submit your livery Licence application

    / Step 3: Complete a criminal background check

    When operating as a licensed livery driver you need to have available for inspection by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division written evidence of your criminal background checks. Your criminal background checks need to be completed before you start operating as a licensed livery driver but don’t need to be included in your livery license application.  

    Information you are likely to need to complete the background check:

    Arizona has a number of approved background check providers that are accepted for the Vehicle for Hire permit application process but a good place to start is the Arizona Department of Public Safety

    / Step 4: Purchase commercial insurance

    To operate as a licensed livery driver you need to have valid commercial auto insurance. Your insurance will need to have a commercial motor vehicle liability coverage of at least  $250,000 and commercial uninsured motorist coverage of at least $250,000.

    As a licensed livery driver you need to carry proof of insurance in your vehicle at all times while providing transportation services. 

    INSHUR provides commercial auto insurance that meets all Arizona state regulations for Uber licensed livery drivers. 

    1. You can quote and buy your policy here
    2. You will need the following information to complete your quote:
      1. Personal contact details (phone number, address, email address).
      2. Your corporation name and Federal Employer ID Number.
      3. Drivers license number.
      4. VIN number of the vehicle you want to insure.

    Once you have purchased your commercial auto insurance you need to print your Certificate of Insurance and carry it in your vehicle at all times while providing transportation services.

    Getting a ground transportation permit for Sky Harbor International Airport. 

    Every ground transportation company that transports arriving passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is required to have a file with the Airport Ground Transportation Office and display a valid decal affixed to the exterior of their vehicle. 

    There are several steps to getting a ground transportation permit for the Airport:

    Step 1:

    You need to complete 4 separate forms and file them with the Ground Transportation Office.

    1. Complete the Two-Year Revocable Commercial Permit Application. 
    2. Ground Transportation Driver ID Card Application.
    3. GT Security Badge Application
    4. GT Security Threat Assessment (STA) application form

    Step 2:

    Provide evidence of valid commercial auto insurance that meets the minimum insurance coverages required by the state of Arizona. 

    Step 3:

    Undertake a vehicle inspection. The Airport provides a 19 Points ASE Certified Inspection checklist 

    Step 4:

    Complete the Company Authorized Signer training and register your company with the Sky Harbor Security Badging Office located at the main entrance of the Airport Operation Building.

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