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Licenses and Consumer Services

Vehicle Related License Definitions

 

Garbage Hauler: Licensed as a Solid Waste Hauler. An industrial hauler who collects and transports solid waste for the purpose of disposal. Solid Waste includes building debris, garbage, litter, refuse, and rubbish. Solid waste shall not include human excreted matter, sewage or other water-carried waste, toxic and hazardous substances, or yard waste.  

Liquid Waste HaulerAn industrial hauler who collects, transports and discharges liquid waste into designated public sewers. 

Motor Scooter Leasing: Any motor-driven bicycle used principally for sports or pleasure, driven on the streets of the city. Motor Scooter Business is the business of leasing or furnishing motor scooters for pay or hire for less than 24 hours. 

Motor Vehicle Dealers: Any person who sells or offers to sell more than three motor vehicles in a 12-month period. Vehicle sales are limited to the business address only. Sales at any other unlicensed location are prohibited. Separate licenses shall not be required for the employees acting on behalf of licensed dealers. 

New Motor Vehicle Dealer: Any person who sells or offers to sell, broker, wholesale, auction, solicit, or advertise the sale of new and used motor vehicles for consumer use at retail or for resale to a dealer. Before an auction of a motor vehicle, a licensee shall be required to obtain an auctioneer’s license from the State of Minnesota or Hennepin County or hire a licensed auctioneer.  

Used Motor Vehicle Dealer: Any person who sells or offers to sell, broker, wholesale, auction, solicit, or advertise the sale of used motor vehicles for consumer use at retail or for resale to a dealer. Before an auction of a motor vehicle, a licensee shall be required to obtain an auctioneer’s license from the State of Minnesota or Hennepin County or hire a licensed auctioneer.  

Motor Vehicle Broker: Any person in the business of brokering, soliciting, or advertising the brokerage of used motor vehicles.  

Motor Vehicle Wholesaler: Any person in the business of wholesaling motor vehicles to dealers.  

Motor Vehicle Auctioneer: Any person who auctions motor vehicles for more than one owner at an auction or offers to sell, solicit, or advertise the sale of motor vehicles at auction. This license shall be in addition to an auctioneer license from the State of

Minnesota or Hennepin County.  

Repair Services: A Motor Vehicle Repair Garage License is required if vehicle repair services are provided.  

Motor Vehicle Immobilization Service (Booting): A person, firm or corporation who, at the request of a private property owner,immobilizes vehicles that have been placed on a private parking without permission or payment of a parking fee. Vehicle Immobilization is the use of a locking wheel boot that, when attached to the wheel of a vehicle, prevents free, self-propelled movement of the vehicle by the vehicle operator. 

Motor Vehicle Repair Garage:  A business engaged in the repair of motor vehicles. Repairs include mechanical repairs, service, maintenance, alterations, diagnostic testing or body work, and/or the addition of equipment, supplies or parts to a motor vehicle. This license does not apply to businesses that:  

1) solely provide fuel, check fluid levels, replace filters and other minor services customarily performed by a gasoline filing station or  

2) engage exclusively in repairing the motor vehicles of its own fleet.  

Motor Vehicle Towing/Servicing:  

Class APrivate property towing at the request of a person who is not the owner or operator of the vehicle, and vehicle towing and car starting at the request of the owner or agent of the vehicle for hire. 

Class B: Towing and car starting at the request of the owner or agent of the vehicle for hire. 

Class C: Car starting for hire. 

Class D: Towing or car starting, without compensation, for private or individual purposes. 

Motor Vehicle Used Parts Dealer: Any person engaged in the business of buying, selling, or storing any combination of used, rebuilt, or new motor vehicle parts. This includes any person engaged in the business of crushing, shredding, or shipping motor vehicle hulks. A hulk is a major portion of a motor vehicle or a whole motor vehicle. This license does not apply to any person engaged solely in the business of buying, selling, or shipping scrap iron or used metal in the course of reprocessing such materials for use in smelters, foundries or other reprocessing plants.  

Rubbish Hauler: Licensed as a Solid Waste Hauler. An industrial hauler who collects and transports solid waste for the purpose of disposal. Solid Waste includes building debris, garbage, litter, refuse, and rubbish. Solid waste shall not include human excreted matter, sewage or other water-carried waste, toxic and hazardous substances, or yard waste. 

Pedal Car Company:The business of operating one or more commercial pedal car vehicle(s) for profit or not for-profit. A pedal car is a non-motorized, four (4) or more wheeled bicycle-like vehicle that is human powered, transports passengers on bicycle-like seats, and is propelled by five or more passengers not including the operator. A pedal car may not be power assisted. 

Pedal Car Driver: Any person who is responsible for the safe operation of a commercial pedal car. Must be at least 18 years old. A Minneapolis Pedal Car Driver License is required. 

Pedicab, Company: Pedicab businesses provide pedicabs for hire for the recreational transportation of the general public. 

Pedicab, DriverAny person who operates, drives, or propels a pedicab which is a nonmotorized, three-wheel bicycle used to carry passengers.  

Solid Waste Hauler: An industrial hauler who collects and transports solid waste for the purpose of disposal. 

Solid Waste includes building debris, garbage, litter, refuse, and rubbish. Solid waste shall not include human excreted matter, sewage or other water-carried waste, toxic and hazardous substances, or yard waste. 

Taxi Driver:The operator of a taxicab vehicle. 

Taxi Service Company: The company that, for each group of taxicab vehicle owners operating under a common color scheme, provides services and facilities such as radio dispatching, color rights, advertising, telephone listing, maintenance, insurance, credit accounts, driver assignments and record keeping. Companies must have a central place of business within 12 miles of Minneapolis City Hall be open 24 hours a day/7 days a week with the ability to receive telephone calls and dispatch vehicles by a two-way radio. Must also have a minimum of five vehicles. Vehicles must have of model year of five years or less unless they are wheelchair-accessible vehicles or fuel-efficient vehicles, which can have a model year of eight years or less. 10% of vehicles must be wheelchair accessible. 10% of the vehicles must be fuel efficient (23 mpg/city). Vehicles that are wheelchair accessible and 23 mph/city meet both requirements. Services must be listed in both the white pages and yellow pages of the Minneapolis telephone directory. 

Taxi Vehicle:   

Vehicle (L275): A motor vehicle engaged in the business of transporting passengers for hire, with a seating capacity of seven persons or less and not operating on a fixed route or schedule. This license does not apply to limousines. 

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (L315): A motor vehicle for hire that is a minivan or similar vehicle specially adapted for wheelchair users and prioritizes requests for service from wheelchair users. 

Any individual who drives a taxi licensed in Minneapolis is required to obtain a Minneapolis Taxicab Driver’s License. 

Transportation Network Company (TNC): A company affiliated with TNC drivers that provides transportation application services which connect TNC endorsed drivers with passengers for the transport of passengers for compensation. Companies must have a central place of business within 12 miles of Minneapolis City Hall where required records can be viewed.  

Last updated Sep 1, 2016

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