This information page can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on Airbnb.
Please understand that this information page is general, not comprehensive, and is not legal advice. These pages are intended to give you an idea of the types of rules that may apply to your experiences and to help you understand some of the things to consider in relation to your experience.
Different countries, states, and cities have different licensing requirements and rules and it is your responsibility as a host to make sure you comply with local laws and regulations. These pages are not intended to be an explanation of the specific rules that apply in your jurisdiction, or your particular situation, nor are these pages a substitute to seeking legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your experiences, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*
Do I need a special license or permit to drive my guests to and from my experience if I don’t charge them for the ride?
In many jurisdictions around the world, you will need active, valid insurance, and registration for any vehicle used as part of an experience and the driver will need to hold a valid driver’s license.
Certain jurisdictions may require that you obtain special licenses or permits regardless of whether you charge a fee for the ride. We encourage you to speak to a lawyer to see if your experience may be subject to license or permit requirements.
Keep in mind that in order to transport large groups of people in certain kinds of vehicles, or to use advertising or insignia on your vehicle, you may also need additional licenses or permits, such as a commercial driver’s license with certain required endorsements. It is a good idea to check with your local department of transportation, public utilities, airports, police, and motor vehicles and your lawyer about additional requirements that may apply.
If I want to charge for the ride, do I need a special license or permit to drive guests to and from my experience?
If you want to charge guests for the ride, you may need to get additional special licenses for yourself and the vehicle. The type of transportation you provide may also determine what kind of license or permit you need. We encourage you to consult with a local lawyer or tax professional for more information.
Is there anything else I should think about?
A safe experience involving transportation is one where the vehicle is driven in a responsible manner and is roadsafe, including having all required seatbelts, helmets, or other safety equipment as relevant. It is also important to consider the compatibility of the activities in your experience with transportation. For example, if the transportation will be by public transit, is this permitted in your city and if so, it is a good idea to confirm it is permitted to conduct business on board. Or, if there will be alcohol, that the driver remains sober.
If your experience will involve combining transportation with another activity (for example, providing a guided tour of a city using your car), please take a look at our other information sections such as Responsible hosting for tour/travel-related experiences to work out if any other rules may apply to your activity.
Additional requirements may apply if your experience involves transporting guests on a motorcycle. We encourage you to consult a lawyer for more information.
If you are unsure about anything relating to your experience, we encourage you to check with your local transportation authority directly, or speak to a lawyer, to discuss your experience and confirm your experience complies with local laws including safety, tax, and insurance requirements.
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