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Uber and Lyft drivers in San Francisco required to get a business license

by / Tuesday, 19 April 2016 / Published in Business

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Contributor

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – San Francisco will now require 37,000 Uber and Lyft drivers working at least seven days a year in the city to get a business license, according to a letter sent by the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector to drivers on Friday.

The city has given the drivers 30 days to get a license, which costs $91 a year for businesses that earn less than $100,000.

City Treasurer Jose Cisneros did not provide a full explanation for the move, but he said that the city introduced its online business registration system in March, in which registrants previously had to personally apply at the City Hall.

Uber’s and Lyft’s independent contractors are required to comply with local laws which could differ based on the city where they operate.

San Francisco isn’t the first city to require a business license for Uber and Lyft drivers, but it is one the biggest markets for the two rise-sharing companies.

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