TNC Driver Business Registration: Frequently Asked Questions

Why was I assessed penalties and interest?

Any business that does not register timely (within 30 days of starting business) is assessed penalties and interest. However, the ongoing litigation regarding the employment status of TNC drivers has resulted in significant confusion about business registration requirements in San Francisco. In consultation with the City Attorney, given this lack of clarity, we are allowing drivers to register without penalty for prior periods if they take action before August 31st, 2016.

I already paid penalties and interest, will I get a refund?

Yes. You do not need to take further action. If you registered and said you were a TNC driver, you will receive a refund of any penalties and interest you were assessed within 30 days.

I registered but did not pay yet, what should I do?

Your balance owed will be adjusted to remove penalties and interest. You will have until August 31, 2016 to pay. You will receive an email with further instructions. 

Why did I get this notice? 

The Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector mailed 37,000 notices to people identified as drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in San Francisco, notifying them of business registration requirements

You must register by August 31, 2016 to avoid paying penalties and interest. Register online, but do not pay the registration fee until you get a specific email from the Treasurer and Tax Collector removing the penalties and interest from your account balance. 

Do I need to register?

Business Registration is required for anyone “engaging in business” in San Francisco—common examples are maintaining a fixed place of business, soliciting or performing business for seven days or more, or driving on San Francisco streets for business purposes. Registration can be completed online in minutes by visiting sftreasurer.org/registration.

Every person engaging in business within the City is required by law to conspicuously display a current registration certificate on the business premises. Business registration is required within fifteen days of operation, and is valid from July 1 to June 30th. Registration must be renewed annually by May 31st.  Registration fees for new businesses range from $75 to $35,000, based on the type of business activities, and annual gross receipts, and were set by the voters as part of 2012’s Proposition E-- The Gross Receipts Tax and Business Registration Fees Ordinance.

What if I received the letter but am no longer in business, was never a TNC driver, or am an employee of my TNC?

 Go to http://www.sftreasurer.org/inactivetnc and declare that you do not need to register. You must have a copy of your letter in order to complete this process.

Is the information on my business registration publicly available?

The following information you provide will be available to the public via DataSF.org, listed on your registration certificate, and/or available through public record requests:

1.Business Name

2.Business Start Date

3.Mailing Address

4.Owner(s) Name

5.DBA Name

6.Business Activity Code (NAICS code)

7.Location Address

8.Location Start Date

All other information provided is considered confidential and treated in accordance with applicable laws.

What if I received more than one letter?

If you received more than one letter, register (if applicable), and then go to http://www.sftreasurer.org/inactivetnc note that you are already registered, and provide the correspondence ID for the duplicate notices.

I didn't receive this notice, but I currently drive for TNC, should I register?

Anyone operating a business in San Francisco, including people who drive for Transportation Network Companies in San Francisco for 7 days or more must register.

What is a TNC?

​TNC’s provide prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled application or platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles.

How did you get my information?

This notice to drivers follows nearly two years of enforcement work, including multiple requests for information and subpoenas to get sufficient data about business operations from TNC’s operating in San Francisco.