Public Passenger Vehicle Operator's License

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Any person 18 years of age or older, who has a valid driver license, operating a public passenger vehicle must obtain a Public Passenger Vehicle Operator's License. The license is valid only in the City of La Crosse.

See Sec. 10-593 of the La Crosse Municipal Code for more information.

License Period

A Public Passenger Vehicle Operator's License shall be valid through December 31 of the second year subsequent to the issuance thereof.

License Fee

$50.00 is due at the time of application (cash, check payable to City Treasurer or credit with convenience fee).

The license fee is non-refundable and a receipt of paid license fee is not a valid license.

How to Apply

Complete an Application for Public Passenger Vehicle Operator License.

Submit application and applicable fee to the City Clerk during in-person lobby hours (M-Th 8a - 1p) so a photo can be taken* for the license badge.  If you are unable to submit in-person, contact the Clerk's Office at 608-789-7510 (press 5) to make other arrangements.

*Effective June 19th, City Hall is closed to the public.  Applications may be submitted via mail or drop box.  For badge photo, please submit either a clear photocopy of your driver license or a small head shot photo (no sunglasses or hats) with your application.

Additional Information

Following application, the Police Department will conduct a background check. Once approved, you will return to pick up your laminated badge. Please allow a minimum of five (5) business days for the background check.

Note: Applications will be denied if applicant has been convicted of a felony or has multiple convictions which substantially relate to the licensing activity or is considered an habitual law offender (as per Wisconsin's Fair Employment Act).


For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at (608) 789-7510.

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