Applying for a vehicle card

A vehicle card must be applied for if you wish to provide taxi services.

“Vehicle card” means a document given to a carrier holding a taxi licence, which certifies the right of the carrier to use the vehicle specified in the vehicle card for the provision of taxi services.

A vehicle card is granted for an unspecified term, unless the applicant requests it for a fixed term.

Vehicle cards are not granted for a term exceeding the term of validity of the respective taxi licences. Upon revocation or expiry of the respective taxi licence, the validity of the vehicle card will terminate.

Upon using the vehicle under a contract of use, the term of validity of the vehicle card will terminate upon termination of the contract of use.

A vehicle card is granted to a carrier by the rural municipality government or the city government or an agency authorised by the rural municipality government or the city government on whose administrative territory the carrier wishes to provide the transport service (the service area).

  • The Public Transport Act.
  • The requirements for the illuminated sign, taximeter, and price list of a vehicle used for providing taxi services and the placement thereof.
  • The requirements for indicating the name of the carrier, route name and number on a vehicle.
  • The conditions of and procedure for the adaptation of taximeters, the permitted error limits upon using a taximeter and the value of the transition speed upon switching from the time-based fee to the fare per kilometre and vice versa.
  • Legislation regulating the provision of taxi services enacted by local authorities (if any have been adopted).

Requirements for the applicant

Applicants for a vehicle card must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a taxi licence in the Register of Economic Activities.
  • The carrier must be entered in the Commercial Register or the register of non-profit associations and foundations.
  • The carrier must not have any non-deferred tax arrears and not declared bankrupt.
  • The applicant must own a power-driven vehicle that has been entered in the Traffic Registry and has passed a roadworthiness test (a technical inspection of the taxi).
  • The applicant must own a power-driven vehicle the outer right side of which visibly bears the name of the carrier or the trademark subject to legal protection under the meaning of § 5 of the Trade Marks Act, belonging to the carrier or the use of which has been granted to the carrier under a contract.
  • The applicant must own a power-driven vehicle that has an illuminated sign, taximeter, price list, and a printer installed on it.
  • The applicant must pay the state fee prescribed for reviewing applications for a vehicle card.

Submission of the application

The following documents must be submitted to receive a vehicle card:

  • An application (containing the contact details of the applicant, including the telephone number, e-mail address, and postal address).
  • If the applicant is a legal person, the name and registry code.
  • If the applicant is a self-employed person, the name and registry code of the applicant.
  • If the applicant wants that the term of validity of the licence granted to the applicant be limited in comparison with the term of validity set out in the Act, the requested term of validity of the licence must be submitted.
  • The contract of use of the vehicle if the applicant is not the owner of the vehicle or a user of the vehicle specified in the registration certificate.
  • The taximeter adaptation certificate, which may be submitted just before the granting of the vehicle card.

Contact your respective local government agency to receive information about the submission of documents that are required to apply for a vehicle card.

Payment of the state fee

Prior to submitting an application for a vehicle card, the prescribed state fee of 20 euros must be paid.

Processing the application

  • The processing time of an application is up to 7 calendar days.
  • Operators are notified of the issue of their activity licences by regular mail or e-mail.
  • Vehicle cards are electronic and not issued on paper.
  • If an application contains deficiencies, the applicant will be granted a reasonable time limit for eliminating these deficiencies. The time limit set for reviewing the application will be suspended until the deficiencies have been eliminated.
  • A vehicle card is granted for an unspecified term, unless the applicant requests it for a shorter term. Vehicle cards are not granted for a term exceeding the term of validity of the respective taxi licence. Upon revocation or expiry of the respective taxi licence, the validity of the vehicle card will terminate.
  • Upon using the vehicle under a contract of use, the term of validity of the vehicle card will terminate upon termination of the contract of use.
  • Upon expiry of the term of validity of a vehicle card, a new vehicle card may be applied for provided that all requirements for applicants are met.
  • If applicants fail to eliminate the deficiencies contained in their applications during the time limit granted, the application may be dismissed.

Temporary suspension and termination of economic activities

The carrier must submit a written application to the issuer of the respective activity licence to suspend the term of validity of the vehicle card for a specific time or to revoke it.

Revocation of the activity licence

The issuer of a vehicle card may make a precept to the holder thereof to eliminate deficiencies or may suspend the validity of the vehicle card for a fixed term or revoke the vehicle card if:

  • the carrier submits a request to that effect;
  • the holder of the vehicle card does not meet the requirements established to the holder;
  • the data of the holder of the vehicle card do not match those indicated on the licence;
  • a driver of a public transport vehicle employed by the taxi licence holder has, in relation to professional activities, been convicted of
  • a criminal offence specified in §§ 422–424 of the Penal Code;
  • a misdemeanour specified in subsection 221 (2), subsection 222 (2), §§ 223–226, subsections 227 (2) to (4), subsection 230 (2), §§ 234–237 or subsection 242 (2) of the Traffic Act; and
  • the records of the penalties referred to have not been deleted from the criminal records database in accordance with the Criminal Records Database Act;
  • upon applying for a vehicle card, the applicant has knowingly given false information that influenced the decision process concerning the application.

Supervision

Supervision over whether the holder of a taxi licence meets the requirements established to the holder during the term of validity of the activity licence is exercised by the city or rural municipality governments that issued the respective licence. The Police and Border Guard Board exercises supervision over whether carriers have their vehicle cards with them on the road.

Contact information

The respective city or rural municipality governments.

Additional information

Katrin Tambur

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, phone: 625 6368, e-mail: Katrin.Tambur@mkm.ee

General information about registry entries and technical issues

Register of Economic Activities, telephone: 668 7080, register@mkm.ee

Last amended: 02-05-2016 09:54 | Compiled by: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications