Transportation Network Companies

TDLR Welcomes Transportation Network Companies

Beginning December 1, 2017, TDLR is accepting applications and issuing licenses for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), also known as rideshare companies. Using digital technology platforms, TNCs connect passengers with drivers who provide rides, giving consumers more transportation options.

Regulation of TNCs was authorized by House Bill 100 (HB 100), 85th Regular Session, which established a uniform, statewide approach to regulating and permitting TNCs. HB 100 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on May 29, 2017.

Please note HB 100 charges TDLR with licensing and regulating transportation network companies. The law does not license or regulate individual drivers.

TDLR Executive Director Brian Francis states, “We recognize the importance of TNCs to all Texans and we’re working diligently to create a regulatory program that everyone can be proud of.”


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TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to the Transportation Network Companies program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 95, §§95.40, 95.50, 95.71 and 95.100). The proposed rules make editorial corrections and updates language with current terminology.

The proposed rules are published in the November 16, 2018, issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 7512). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until December 17, 2018.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Transportation Network Companies program toreview the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

Austin Region Transportation Network Company Survey

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are seeking input regarding if and/or how the entry and exit of ridesharing companies in and out of the Austin market may have impacted travel behavior. Visit the Austin Region Transportation Network Company Survey to share your experiences.

Accessibility Pilot Program

TDLR reminds all Transportation Network Company (TNC) permit holders to begin their accessibility pilot program no later than the 90th day after TDLR issued their TNC permit. TNCs must submit a report demonstrating their compliance with this requirement no later than the 100th day after they begin a pilot program. Read the full requirements of the accessibility pilot program and its reporting at Occupations Code Chapter 2402, Section 2402.113 and 16 Texas Administrative Code, 95.50. All reports should be submitted via email to TNC@tdlr.texas.gov.

TNC Application Now Available

TDLR is now accepting applications for Transportation Network Company (TNC) permits.

Apply online now (select “register as a new user”).

TNCs that previously held a valid agreement with a Texas municipality and continued operating must apply on or before December 31, 2017.

We recommend all applicants review the TNC Law and TNC Administrative Rules before applying.

Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules regarding the Transportation Network Companies program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 95, §§95.1, 95.2, 95.10, 95.20 - 95.23, 95.30, 95.31, 95.40, 95.50, 95.51, 95.70 - 95.72, 95.80, 95.90, 95.91 and 95.100).

The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of December 1, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions Now Available

Frequently asked questions are now available for a variety of TNC subjects, including questions about legislative changes, requirements for TNC companies, drivers, passengers, and more. Read More >>