hank you for contacting justanswer.
First, you may want to consider a form of corporation
(likely an LLC, a Limited Liability Company) to protect you to the degree possible from personal financial and activity liabilities, rather than as a sole owner proprietor of your business. Typically an LLC works well unless you have a need for employment tax benefits in which case you may want to consider an S Corporation
A link to the Florida Secretary of State is provided below to guide you through that process, however, you may want to engage a local attorney through the local bar
association lawyer referral service who you can interview as to their experience and fees to assist you.
Second, depending on your locality you will need a Chauffeured Limousine Services DRIVER’S LICENSE, likely a background check for which a fee will be charged (typically under $50), a special VEHICLE PERMIT (typically under $500 annually), a Vehicle Inspection Fee (per vehicle) (typically $25)
Most of the regulations for for hire, van/taxi/limo operators/owners and drivers are on the local level. Therefore, you will need to check with your local police department or department of transportation as depending on the municipalities you may serve with your business, you may also be required to file a for hire taxi/limo license application, Limousine Insurance Form showing proof of insurance. You may or may not be fingerprinted as part of the registration process and may need to provide character references.
You may want to initiate discussions with a local insurance agent or broker for a commercial automobile insurance company you can identify through a websearch. You will want to consider significant insurance limits and the insurance agent or broker will be able to guide you in that respect - likely a million dollar limits.
You may also want to consider carrying a fire extinguisher, flares and other safety equipment in the van.
You may find it very helpful to contact SCORE.org as SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business
provides free volunteers face to face or online to assist individuals in starting businesses. Workbooks, coaching/counseling/mentoring are available as to business plans
and other elements essential to a successful business.
While not in any way an endorsement, there is also a limousines on line discussion forum that may be helpful to your further van for hire efforts through the below link:
Please let me know if you would like any further clarification. Best wishes on your business venture.