Because the District of Columbia is a state, county and city all in one, its residents can enjoy fewer regulatory agencies than in other part of the country. Additionally, the District is making efforts to streamline its licensing process, slowly moving application processes online and making forms easier to complete.
In District of Columbia, taxis are among the most highly regulated local businesses. Cities not only license drivers, vehicles and taxi companies, but often control the market by create commoditized medallians or local franchises that restrict the entry of new taxi companies into their cities. Accordingly, anyone involved in the taxi business can expect some serious paperwork, fees and licensing processes.