Taxi Administration (OCTAP)

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  • Taxi Administration (OCTAP)

  • Regulating all Orange County Taxi Companies

    The Orange County Taxi Administration Program (OCTAP) is an association of Orange County cities and the County of Orange, created to coordinate taxicab service, permitting, and other administrative functions.

    California Government Code § 53075.5 require each city and county develop taxicab regulations that, at a minimum provide for:

    • Permitting of taxicab drivers
    • Establishment of taxicab fares
    • Drug and alcohol testing
    • Disclosure of permit number in advertising

    In addition to meeting the minimum requirements set forth by California Government Code, OCTAP member agencies require:

    • Annual criminal background investigations, and enrollment in a subsequent arrest notification program
    • Annual review of Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) driver records
    • Enrollment in a DMV program that notifies taxicab companies of any driver record activity that may occur between the regular annual reviews
    • Review and monitoring of company and vehicle insurance policies
    • Annual and random vehicle safety inspections
    • Fares that are equal to or less than the fare displayed on the fare meter regardless of the number of passengers transported
    • Acceptance of a credit card as a method of payment; providing a written fare receipt when requested
    • Lost and found policies for each taxicab company
    • 24-hour live dispatch service numbers for all taxicab companies

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), although not a member agency of OCTAP, administers the OCTAP program on behalf of the cities and the County of Orange.

    OCTAP staff work closely with city and county enforcement agencies to support the enforcement of OCTAP regulations and local municipal codes pertaining to the operation of taxicabs in Orange County.

    For additional information:
    Email OCTAP at
    call (949) 654-8294, or visit

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