The City of Santa Monica created a taxicab franchise system to address a series of issues identified in a 2008 study. The franchise system authorizes and licenses the taxicab companies below to operate in Santa Monica and sets operating standards and standard fares.

Santa Monica Taxicab Comment/Complaint Number: (310) 458-CAB4 (2224) or submit questions and concerns using the online GO System.

The City has also established Pedicab regulations which are not related to the Taxicab Franchise. See Pedicab Permit

Authorized Taxi Companies in Santa Monica

As of March 1, 2011, only taxis from the five franchised companies listed below are able to pick up customers in Santa Monica.

Taxi rates

Mileage Rates

  • $2.85 flag drop (first 1/9th mile)
  • $0.30 for each additional 1/9th mile ($2.70 per mile)
  • $0.30 for each 37 seconds waiting/delay ($29.19 per hour)

Airport Flat Rates

  • North of I-10 to Los Angeles International Airport $35 maximum
  • South of I-10 to Los Angeles International Airport $30 maximum
  • Santa Monica to Bob Hope Airport $75 maximum

*Taxi companies may provide coupons discounting airport flat rates.

Senior and Disabled Discount

Senior citizens (persons age 65 and older) and persons with disabilities (including persons with a Los Angeles County Transit Operators Association Metro Disabled Identity Card) receive a ten percent (10%) discount.

Credit Cards

Taxicab drivers are required to accept credit cards if the total amount of the fare is $10 or more, unless a lesser amount is required by the taxicab company.

Taxi Operators

Franchised taxicab companies are required to meet financial, technical and service standards for themselves, their vehicles and their drivers as a franchise condition in order to ensure quality services.
Taxicab Franchise Fee Schedule
Taxicab Fines
Taxi Stand Locations


Driver Tests and Schedule

Individuals interested in being a taxicab driver in Santa Monica should contact one of the five taxicab companies authorized to operate in the City that are listed above. The taxicab company will assist new taxicab driver applicants with completing the necessary applications and supporting documentation, such as live scan forms and drug tests. Please note, the City only accepts taxicab driver permit applications directly from a taxicab company, not from a driver applicant. After an application has been submitted by a taxicab company for a taxicab driver applicant, the applicant will be required to successfully pass the application testing and police background check processes. Following is a list of taxicab driver testing dates.

2017 Taxicab Driver Permit Test Schedule

Taxicab Rules and Penalty Schedule

The Planning and Community Development Department has issued new taxicab rules, effective January 1, 2016.

Taxicab Rules

Taxicab Rules Release Notes