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Please note that all commercial operators are required to have a permit to pick-up or drop-off at SFO. 

Applicants must be licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) prior to applying for a Limousine Permit at SFO.  Out of state carriers must have Operating Authority granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Visit CPUC Carrier Status or FMCSA to verify status. 

All applicants are required to complete a Mandatory Orientation.  Visit the Ground Transportation Permit Calendar to schedule an appointment.

After completing the mandatory orientation, any CPUC authorized carrier may apply for a limousine permit.  All permitted limousines will receive a transponder and a permit decal that must be renewed each year.   The transponder records trips to the Airport.

Operators must also submit a refundable bond for the permit and transponder deposit for each permitted vehicle.  Rates are established on an annual basis by the Airport’s policy-making body, the Airport Commission.

View SFO's PDF iconGreen Limousine Policy 


Limousine Permits expire on January 31 of each year. Annual renewal notices are emailed in September and permits are renewed during the months of October through January. There is an annual registration fee for each vehicle. Visit the Fees tab for details. All previously submitted information will be reviewed to ensure accuracy. Outstanding trip fees and/or administrative fines must be paid prior to renewal.


If you are planning to cease operating from SFO, please complete the PDF iconTermination Request form. Once a permit is terminated, an operator must wait 9 months before reapplying.


Bonds & Deposits

The bonds are based on the equivalent of six months of trips and may be increased accordingly. Bonds may be paid by money order, cashier's check, Irrevocable Letter of Credit, and Faithful Performance Bond. Bonds and deposits are refundable after the termination of a permit. Any money owed to the Airport will be deducted from the bond.

Surety/Performance Bond - $1,000

Transponder Deposit - $1,000 per transponder


Trip/Loop Fees



Annual Registration

Annual registration fees must be paid at the renewal of each type of permit and when adding a new vehicle to a fleet.



Annual Vehicle Registration and Safety Inspection Fee

Prior to or on October 15th - $55.00

October 16 to November 30th - $80.00

December 1st onwards - $105.00


Temporary Identification Permit (TIP)



Operator Re-orientation Fee (for revoked or suspended permits)



Fees may be paid by check and credit card (Visa/Mastercard/Discover). Cash will not be accepted.

Pick-up & Drop-off Locations

Pick-up areas for sedans and SUVs (20’ or less) are on located on the curbside of either level in the white or yellow zones. Stretch limos (21’ or longer) must pick-up in the yellow zone only on the Arrivals level.

Drop-off areas at the International Terminal are located on the Departures level. Domestic Terminal drop-offs are permitted in the white zone on either level.


The above Designated Areas may be changed from time to time by Director. All such use shall only be permitted during the times so designated by Director.

Please contact the Ground Transportation Unit (GTU) at gtu@flysfo.com with questions. When emailing GTU, please indicate your Company name and TCP# (MCC, ICC, DOT,) in the “Subject” line.

For directions, visit: www.flysfo.com/maps.

Thank you for your cooperation with the Airport’s on-going program to ensure the safety and security of all SFO passengers.