Can I be a designated driver without a taxi permit?

If I run a nonprofit designated driver service with my personal vehicle, am I required to procure a taxi permit? Donations would not be compulsory. There would be no taximeter. There would be no list of "suggested donations" or any other indication that the person might be required to pay. The magnetic door signs and overhead "designated driver" light (or something similar) would be clearly visible. The marketing would not include the word taxi, however ads are placed in places where taxi-seekers will be. The service could easily be licensed according to local business laws as something other than a taxi service. The city I live in is not handing out any more taxi permits. I am looking for a way to offer this much needed community service, without breaking any criminal or civil laws, and the intent is to help a couple college guys pocket a little bit of cash via donations.

Good luck with that

3 Responses to “Can I be a designated driver without a taxi permit?”

  1. Casey 26. May, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Call the DMV.
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  2. Weyman 26. May, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Good luck with that
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  3. jamesbergen50 26. May, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Most States no. If you advertise you are a business. And need a license to run it. And hospital bills add up with drunks fast.
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