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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

For Hire Industry, Tour Guides and Planners

Pedicab Operator's Permit

Business/Individual, Equipment
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A Pedicab Operator’s Permit is required for operators of all pedicabs to ensure that City of New Orleans’ citizens and visitors have access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Pedicab rules and regulations are in a pilot phase as of 2012 and subject to change pending City Council review. If you have additional questions about Pedicab processes, please contact Karen Thibodeaux ( or Yolanda Brownfield ( or the Taxi office: (504) 658-7176


  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
  • Shall never have been convicted of anywhere under the laws of this state or any other state or of the United States of a felony or a misdemeanor or the offense or offenses equivalent thereto of homicide, aggravated rape, aggravated battery, simple rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, attempted aggravated rape, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, or sale of narcotics.


  • Issuance of permit: $40 

Required documents/steps

Step 1: Submit all of the following documents and information at one time (incomplete documentation will not be accepted):

  • Completed application (if brought into the office completed, it must be notarized – if it is filled out and signed in person, it does not need to be notarized) and all required documents must be delivered in person to New Orleans City Hall, Suite 2W84
  • Driver’s License from any U.S. State
  • Proof that driver is physically qualified to drive a pedicab safely and that hearing and eyesight is unimpaired (TFHV-Pedicab-Medical-Formform to be filled out and signed by a physician)
  • Defensive driving certificate from Metropolitan Safety Council (class offered on-line at – or – from the Victor Manning Driving School. You must provide the original certificate.
  • An original employment letter or independent operator agreement, completed by the company, in which the driver will be working
  • Original letter from approved company indicating that the applicant has successfully completed training

Step 2: Once your application and all documents have been accepted, the office will then schedule your:

  • Federal background check ($50 - by money order only to New Orleans Aviation Board)
  • Drug test ($20 - paid to approved facility)

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau
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Last updated: 12/3/2014 4:36:18 PM

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