Harry here. There’s been a lot of talk about business licenses lately with cities like San Francisco now requiring drivers to get one, but Lyft and Uber have remained quiet on the issue. Today, new RSG contributor Ryan King walks us through the situation and what drivers need to know. Even if you’re not in SF, this will likely be an issue you have to deal with at some point, so make sure you brush up on the rules now.
Update: Since SB 182 passed in California, California drivers now only need one business license to work statewide. Drivers can obtain this business license in the city where they live.
Like many drivers here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I received an official letter from the City & County of San Francisco Treasurer and Tax Collector in late April. Well, I actually received two copies of the letter. I assume this is because I drive for both Uber and Lyft. The letter basically told me I owe the city an annual business license fee for operating a business in SF.
The first thing I did was to try and gather information on this requirement. I read emails from Uber and Lyft about it, I found this article on our blog. But I couldn’t find much information about the requirement, and the more I looked, the more questions I had about it. Do I have to pay for two licenses because I got two letters (one for Lyft and one for Uber)? (No). Do I have to pay for previous years? (Yes). What will happen if I don’t pay? (I don’t know).
The whole thing seemed strange. I felt like I didn’t get support from Uber or Lyft about this unexpected bill, and I needed more information to make an informed decision about what to do in this situation.