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Long Distance Charter


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 Long Distance Charter 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.

Any CPUC and/or Department of Transportation (DOT) authorized carrier may apply for a Long Distance Charter Permit, as long as their mileage exceeds 100 miles from SFO.  After a successful inspection of the provided documents, the Airport will mail associated decals that grant access to the Airport.  Transponders will be placed on these vehicles.


Long Distance Charter permits expire on June 30 of each year.  Annual renewal notices are emailed in April and permits are renewed during the months of May and June. There is an annual registration fee based on the number of buses covered in the permit. 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 - $500


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

The annual registration fees are based on the number of buses covered in the permit.

  • 10 or less vehicles - $500
  • 20 or less vehicles - $1,000
  • 30 or less vehicles - $1,500
  • 40 or less vehicles - $2,000
  • 41 or more vehicles - $4,000


Late Permit Renewal Fee (Non-Limousine)

30 days or greater from the annual renewal date (per permit) $200.00


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 are restricted to the Courtyards listed below.  Operators are not permitted to use the terminal curbs.

Drop-off areas are restricted to the Courtyards as well; however, if your vehicle has less than 24 seats and is less than 30 feet in length, you may drop-off at the terminals on the departures level curb at the white zones.

Charter Operators

Pick-up Instructions

Please park in the designated staging area at Surface Lot DD, near the Cell Phone Waiting Lot.  The arriving party should contact the driver for pickup once all passengers (with their luggage) are in the designated charter bus loading area.

Alternatively, vans with a seating capacity of seven (7) and under (including the driver) with a maximum height of 6' 10" may stage in the Airport's parking garage; however, the driver may have to pay the parking fee upon exit.

When entering the Courtyard, please present the Approved Day Pass to the Courtyard Guard or San Francisco Police personnel for inspection and always be prepared to present a waybill.

Please note that the maximum allowable staging time is 20 minutes.  Guards will track your time and ask you to relocate if you exceed 20 minutes.

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.