San Antonio Police Department
Ground Transportation Unit

Mission

The Ground Transportation Unit is charged with enforcing the requirements of Chapter 33 of the City Code to protect public health, safety and public convenience. By City Council mandate, the Ground Transportation Unit regulates Taxicabs, Transportation Network Companies, Limousines, Tours, Charters, Pedicabs, Equine-Drawn Carriages, and Group Cycles.

Approved (Permitted) Companies

Chauffeur (Driver) Permitting

New Chauffeurs permitting Process

Individuals wanting to become a permitted chauffeur with the City of San Antonio must either be employed by or contract with a permitted company. Once you have been hired or contracted with a permitted company they will issue you an enrollee/ transfer slip, which you will have to present to the Ground Transportation Unit to begin the process.

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Individuals will also be required to have a fingerprint background check done prior to issuance of their chauffeur license.

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Renewal of Chauffeurs permit

Individuals wanting to renew the chauffeurs permit with the City of San Antonio must present the Ground Transportation Unit with an Enrollee/Transfer Slip signed by a permitted company.

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Individuals will also be required to have a fingerprint background check done prior to issuance of their new chauffeur license.

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Driver Transfer

Individuals wanting to transfer from one permitted company to another must present the Ground Transportation Unit with an Enrollee/Transfer Slip signed by a permitted company. 

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Current Taxicab Rates

Type Fee
Drop Rate $ 2.50
Night Drop Rate (7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.) $ 3.50
Per Mile $ 2.35 *
Wait Time $24.00 per hour
Traffic Delay $24.00 per hour
Downtown Minimum $ 5.00
Night Downtown Minimum (7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.) $ 6.00
Cleaning Fee Not to exceed $200.00 
Airport (Origination trips from SAT)
Minimum Fare (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)  $10.50 
Minimum Fare (7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.)  $11.50 
Per Trip Fee (added to meter)  $ 1.25 
Special Event Fee
  • Special Event Fee only be charged for pickups at:
    • AT&T Center
    • Alamodome
    • Freeman Coliseum
    • Toyota Field
    • Official Fiesta Events
$ 5.00 plus meter

* Fuel surcharge may be added to the per mile rate (Chapter 33-981)

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)

In 2015, San Antonio reintroduced Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), also known as “Rideshare” companies. San Antonio is dedicated to providing diverse transportation options for our citizens and visitors alike.

Currently, the City is offering no cost fingerprinting to those individuals who are employed by any of the TNCs operating here in San Antonio. For more information on how to get your no cost fingerprints please read on below.


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Vehicle for Hire Company Info

Individuals that are interested in starting a vehicle for hire companies must submit an application to the ground transportation unit. Applications can be submitted to sapdgtu2@sanantonio.gov.

All application requirements can be found in Chapter 33 Article I. Also review the specific industry section of Chapter 33, and rules and regulations.

Current applications are being accepted for:

  • Limousine Industry
  • Tour Industry
  • Charter Industry

City of San Antonio Code, Rules, Regulations & Guidelines

Chapter 33 is the chapter of the City Code that relates to the Vehicle for Hire industries. The rules and regulations are more detailed requirements for each industry that supplement Chapter 33.

Chapter 33
Rules & Regulations
Vehicle Inspection Guidelines

Forms

Forms are here for your convenience. Forms can be submitted in person, online, fax or mail. For more information on how to submit your forms, please contact the Ground Transportation Unit at 210.207.7482.

SAPD GROUND TRANSPORTATION UNIT

Phone: 210.207.7378 • Fax: 210.207.2235
clock Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
email SAPDGTU2@sanantonio.gov

Staff

Gary Gilbert Contact Gary Gilbert
Transportation Services Manager
Richard Gonzales Contact Richard Gonzales
Inspector
Salvador Salazar Contact Salvador Salazar
Inspector
Yolanda Gonzales Contact Yolanda Gonzales
Administrative Associate
Joe Herrera Contact Joe Herrera
Inspector
Valeria Villanueva Contact Valeria Vilanueva
Inspector