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Washington DC Taxi

Washington DC Taxi

Catching a taxi in DC is a viable alternative to driving into the city and dealing with the traffic and parking nightmare. All taxi cabs in Washington, D.C. now use meters to calculate the fare for each ride and no longer the confusing "zone fare" system.

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is the agency in charge of Taxicabs in the District of Columbia. Responsibile for approximately 8,500 drivers, and over 90 taxicab companies, the DFHV also provides licensing, adjudication, enforcement, and Lost and Found service.

District of Columbia taxi rates

First 1/8 mile: $3.25
Each additional 1/8 mile: $0.27
Wait rate per hour: $25.00
Wait time begins five (5) minutes after time of arrival at dispatch location.
No wait time charged for premature response to a dispatch.
Wait time charged while taxicab is stopped or slowed to less than ten (10) miles per hour for longer than sixty (60) seconds.
Wait time charged for delays or stopovers at the direction of the passenger.

Hourly Contract Rate:
$35.00 for the first one (1) hour or fraction thereof.
$8.75 for each additional fifteen (15) minutes or fraction thereof.

Taxicab passenger surcharge, twenty-five cents per trip $0.25
Telephone Dispatch, two dollars $2.00
Additional passenger, one dollar $1.00 (regardless of the number of additional passengers)
Declared Snow Emergency Fee, fifteen dollars $15.00
Group or Shared Riding: as each passenger arrives at his or her destination fare due shall be paid by passenger(s) leaving the cab.
Shared Riding Venues: Union Station, Verizon Center or Nationals Park or other locations designated by an administrative order of the Office of Taxicabs
Airport Surcharge or toll paid: if any, amount charged shall be the same amount that was paid.
Delivery Service (messenger service and parcel pick-up and delivery): same rate as single passenger unless vehicle hired by the hour

Approximate taxi rates from Reagan National Airport

The following companies provide phone dispatch taxicab service in the District of Columbia:

Diamond Cab Association (202) 387-6200
District Cab (202) 398-0500
VIP Cab (202) 269-9000
United Ventures Consortium (202) 269-1100
Yellow Cab Company (202) 544-1212


All taxis must have a functioning taximeter that can accept credit card payments. Always ask for a meter-generated receipt from an approved functioning taximeter. Blank or handwritten receipts should not be accepted.

Lost and Found

Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (855) 484-4966
Contact TTY: 711
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except District holidays

DC Area Airport Taxi Pickup Locations

From Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA):
Taxi location: Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.

From Dulles International Airport (IAD):
Taxi location: Taxis are available on the lower level outside baggage claim.

From Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI):
Taxi location: Taxis are available on the lower level outside baggage claim.

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