Taxicabs / Vehicle for Hire

"Taxicab or vehicle for hire" means any motor vehicle engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire, having a seating capacity of not more than seven people. 


The taxicab company is required to obtain a business license. A background check is required for all taxi drivers, as well as a Certificate of Inspection for all taxicabs or vehicles for hire. Licenses, Taxi Driver ID cards, and background checks must be renewed annually. Vehicle inspections must be renewed semi-annually, with the inspections being completed by an ASE certified auto mechanic. (Vehicle inspections can be inspected at the City of Lewiston Service Center, to schedule an appointment contact the City Service Center at 208-746-2623).


Each taxicab or vehicle for hire is required to be insured under a motor vehicle liability insurance policy, issued by an insurance carrier licensed to do business in the State of Idaho. The insurance policy must be a minimum coverage of $300,000. Proof of insurance must accompany the application for a license.

How to Apply

To apply for a Taxicab or Vehicle for Hire license, complete and return the following documents:

City Code

For more information on Taxicabs or Vehicle for Hire, see Lewiston City Code Chapter 21, Article II.