Background Investigations & Licensing

SMARTCars drivers are City-of -Chicago licensed Chauffeurs, typically with significant on-the-job experience.  To obtain a Chauffeur’s License, the City performs a thorough background investigation that draws from local, state and federal records.  Applicants with any Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) history of automobile and/or traffic related violations, substance abuse, or criminal activity are disqualified.


There are two licenses required in the Chicago area. The first is a license for the vehicle itself. To operate in an unencumbered fashion in Chicago, the vehicle is required to have a 4 digit livery ‘LY’ plate beginning with a ‘7’ or ‘8’. In addition, the driver is required to have the City of Chicago Livery Operator’s License. We work exclusively with city licensed vehicles, to provide the widest range of service within the city as well as the entire suburban area.

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