Taxi licence

An activity licence must be applied for if you wish to provide taxi services.

An activity licence is granted for an unspecified term, unless the applicant requests it for a shorter term.

A taxi licence 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
  • Legislation regulating the provision of taxi services enacted by local authorities (if any have been adopted)

Requirements for the applicant

Applicants for a taxi licence must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be entered in the Commercial Register or the register of non-profit associations and foundations.
  • The applicant must be of good repute.
  • The operator must not have any non-deferred tax arrears and not declared bankrupt.
  • The applicant must pay the state fee prescribed for reviewing applications for an activity licence.

Cross-border operation

In case an operator is registered in a contracting state to the European Economic Area Agreement, but wishes to operate in Estonia on a permanent basis, the operator must apply for an activity licence on the conditions provided in this guide.

Information about operations in another contracting state to the European Economic Area Agreement can be found by visiting the common point of contact of the respective country at EUGO.

Submitting the application

The following documents must be submitted to receive a taxi licence:

  • 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 legal person that is being founded, a foundation document, in particular, the foundation agreement or the foundation resolution or at least a copy thereof authenticated by a notary must be submitted.
  • 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.

Contact your respective local government agency to receive information about the submission of documents that are required to apply for an activity licence.

Payment of the state fee

Prior to submitting an application for a taxi licence, the prescribed state fee of 64 euros must be paid.

Processing the application

  • The processing time of an application is up to 30 calendar days.
  • Operators are notified of the issue of their activity licence by regular mail or e-mail.
  • Activity licences are electronic and not issued on paper.
  • If an application contains deficiencies, the applicant will be granted a reasonable time limit for eliminating the deficiencies.
  • The time limit set for reviewing the application will be suspended until the deficiencies have been eliminated.
  • Activity licences are granted for an unspecified term, unless the applicant requests it for a shorter term.
  • Upon expiry of the term of validity of an activity licence, a new licence may be applied for provided that all requirements for applicants are met.

If applicants fail to eliminate the deficiencies in their applications within the time limit, the applications may be dismissed.

Temporary suspension of activity licences or termination of economic activities

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

Revocation of the activity licence

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

  • the carrier submits a request to that effect;
  • the holder of the taxi licence does not meet the requirements established to the holder;
  • the data of the holder of the taxi licence 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 taxi licence, 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 government that issued the respective licence.

The Police and Border Guard Board exercises supervision over whether carriers have their taxi licences with them on the road.

Contact details

The respective city or rural municipality governments

Additional information

Katrin Tambur, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, tel: +372 625 6368, e-mail: Katrin.Tambur@mkm.ee

Registry information and technical questions

Register of Economic Activities, tel: +372 668 7080, e-mail: register@mkm.ee

Last amended: 02-05-2016 14:17 | Compiled by: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications