Passenger Vehicle For Hire (PVFH)

The PVFH Program administers Chapter 50 Article III of the Durham City Code, PVFH Ordinance. The ordinance can be viewed on the Durham City Clerk’s website under the City Code of Ordinances.

The ordinance regulates the licensing, inspection, and operation of passenger vehicles for hire that seat 15 passengers or less that operate within the Durham city limits. These vehicles include taxicabs, limousines, limousine sedans, shuttles, and para-transits. The program regulates passenger vehicles for hire, in order to preserve the health and welfare of the citizens and the protection of their property.

Passenger Vehicle for Hire (PVFH) Subcommittee
The PVFH Subcommittee meetings are held quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. in the Committee Room of Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza unless otherwise stated. The subcommittee is composed of 3 Durham City Council members that are appointed by the Mayor. The subcommittee meets with staff, the passenger vehicle for hire industry and the public to review any needed policy changes to the ordinance.

Passenger Vehicle for Hire Commission (PVFH)
The PVFH Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the City Council from diverse business areas:
  • Elderly
  • Large employers
  • Law
  • Passenger vehicle for hire permit holders
  • Passengers
  • Service providers
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Visitors industry
The commission meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of the month, beginning at 7 p.m. in the DATA Administration Transit Board Room, 1907 Fay Street, unless otherwise stated. The commission hears appeals from decisions of the PVFH administrator, from the passenger vehicle for hire industry and citizens related to customer service issues.

New Operator/Driver
If you are interested in becoming a new operator or driver in the City of Durham, please download and print the required forms: