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Day Permits for Charter Operators


Charter operators that do not have standard year-long operating permits at SFO can apply for a San Francisco International Airport Day Permit.  Day permits are issued on a temporary basis to operators that do not make regular, scheduled trips to or from SFO. To qualify for a day permit, applicants must be licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) prior to applying.  Visit CPUC Carrier Status to verify status.

Permit Limitations

Operators can submit up to five (5) applications per calendar year.   Each application may include up to three (3) permits.  Permits are valid only for the scheduled days of operation; however, multiple trips are permitted on each day.  Each vehicle must have its own permit.


Apply for the day permit


Please have the following information available:

  1. Company Name: 
  2. Contact Person: 
  3. Address: 
  4. Telephone Number: 
  5. Vehicle Information (VIN#, Color Scheme & Name on Vehicle):  
  6. Insurance Company, Telephone # & Policy#: 
  7. Pick-up (Airline, Flight#, Date & Time):  
  8. Drop-off (Airline, Flight#, Date & Time):   
  9. Driver’s Name & Phone #: 
  11. Group Name:
  12. Reason for Requesting a Day Permit:  
  13. Electronic Photo of Vehicle. 
  14. For non-profit organizations - Tax-ID:

Operators must apply at least three (3) business days prior to the date of operation.

PDF iconInstructions For GTU Day Permit System


The Day Permit fee is $25 per vehicle. Permits are valid for one day only.  Individual permits must be purchased for multiple days of operation. 

The Day Permit fee will be waived for non-profit organizations. All non-profits must provide a Tax ID in their application.

The following credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Please note that the Airport is creating an online payment system.  Until the system is available, please download the Credit Card Authorization Form, complete it and fax it to GTU at 650.821.3607.
Operators may also email GTU@flysfo.com to arrange credit card payment via phone.

Credit card information will not be accepted via email.  Payment by credit card is made available as a courtesy.  Credit card information will be shredded once the transaction has been completed.  The Airport will take reasonable precautions to safeguard confidential financial data.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations

Pick-up areas are restricted to the Courtyard 1, 3, 4, A and G . Operators are not permitted to use the terminal curbs.

Drop-off areas are restricted to the Courtyards as well. 

The curbside access is available for special needs only and must be pre-arranged.

For directions, view PDF iconcharter bus maps.

Waybills & Photo Identification Requirements

Upon arrival in a courtyard, operators must have a waybill. Waybills provide the following information:

  • Carrier Name and TCP Number
  • Type of Trip (Passenger Pick-up or Drop-off)
  • Passenger Group Name
  • Number of Passengers in the Group
  • Flight Information (Airline, Flight #, Date, and Time)
  • Origin and Destination
  • Special Needs (if any)
  • Driver’s Name and Phone Number  

Additionally, drivers must wear a visible photo identification badge while on airport property. The badge must include a photograph of the driver and company information. For more information about badge requirements, visit Photo Identification Badges for Ground Transportation Operators.