TNC License no longer required
On May 29, 2017, Governor Abbott signed a bill that creates a consistent set of rules across Texas for both ridesharing companies and drivers like you. This new law went into effect immediately, and it means that a City of Houston TNC License is no longer required to pick up riders within the City of Houston or at the airports. This also means that you’re able to drive in any Texas city where Uber operates—without having to pay extra fees or jump through hoops for a separate license—as long as your account is in good standing. Thanks to these changes, there will be the same regulations for all drivers in Texas instead of different rules from city to city.
What this means for you
Frequently asked questions
Where can I drive in Texas?
With the passage of this law, you will now be able to accept trip requests anywhere Uber is available in Texas—without having to pay extra fees or jump through hoops for a separate license. We will regularly update this list as new cities are launched.
How does this impact driver-partners like me?
A consistent set of statewide rules helps grow awareness and demand among potential riders across the state—this means more riders in Houston and in other Texas cities!
Does anything change around picking up riders at the airports?
You no longer need a TNC License or a TNC vehicle sticker to pick up riders at the airports in Houston. However, the Houston Airport System (HAS) still requires an airport permit to pick up riders at IAH and HOU. If you do not have an airport permit, it is free and may be picked up at IAH.
How can I get more requests and maximize my earnings?
The busiest part of town is inside the 610 loop. This area also tends to see higher fares during peak hours!
Can you summarize a few other key elements of the new statewide regulations?
- Safety: Mandatory criminal background screenings and driving history checks for all drivers
- Consumer Protection: A zero-tolerance policy for driver intoxication
- Non-Discrimination: It is illegal for drivers to discriminate against riders based on destination, location, race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, disability, or age. You can find Uber’s full non-discrimination policy here.
- Accessibility: Accommodation for service animals is required, and charging extra because of a passenger’s disability is prohibited. As part of Uber’s commitment to accessibility, we will also be piloting UberAccess in multiple cities to connect riders in need of wheelchair accessible vehicles.
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