Vehicle for Hire Business License


If you charge a fee to drive non-fixed routes, you are operating a vehicle for hire business and you need a business license in Salem. Taxi companies, wheelchair coaches, and transportation network companies (Uber, Lyft, etc) are examples of businesses requiring a business license. Limousine services and ambulance services do not require a business license.

A license is valid for one calendar year. All licenses expire on December 31 and must be renewed to continue business [SRC 30.055].

Step 1: Read the Salem Revised Code (SRC)

SRC Chapter 30 outlines the requirements for licenses in Salem. You must be familiar with the requirements covering a vehicle for hire business.

Step 2: Apply for a license

Licenses cannot be transferred [SRC 30.035].

You need to apply in person at the Permit Application Center bringing the following:

Each application will be reviewed to decide if the license requirements have been met and to verify the application information. 

Application renewals

Renewals for a vehicle for hire license must be completed within 30 days of the expiration date on the existing license.  A renewed license is effective as of the expiration date of the prior license. If an application to renew an existing license is not turned in before the current license expires, a new license is required.

Renewal invoices are mailed in November to the address on record.  You are responsible for renewing your license by December 31 whether or not you receive the actual invoice.

You need to apply in person at the Permit Application Center by bringing the following:

Contact us

Permit Application Center
General Questions
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Permit/License Processing
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Plans Intake
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 320
Salem OR 97301
Mail payments to:
PO Box 3405
Portland OR 97208