The Mobile Food Vending License is issued to an individual who will prepare and/or serve food from a permitted mobile food vending unit (truck or pushcart). The license is issued by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as a photo ID badge. There are no waiting lists to apply for the Mobile Food Vending License.
This license is required prior to applying for a Mobile Food Vending Permit (inspection decal), which is issued for the food vending unit (truck or pushcart) that will be operated. There are waiting lists to apply for the Mobile Unit Permit.
An application for a new license must be submitted in person by the applicant; none will be accepted by mail or by a representative of the applicant. All applicants must register and pay for a mobile food vending food protection course at the time they apply for a license. Successful completion of the food protection course is required to obtain a mobile food vending license.
Mobile Food Vendor's can apply for either a Seasonal (S) or a Full Term (FT) license.
- A Full Term license is valid for two years unless suspended or revoked by the Commissioner.
- A Seasonal license is valid for operation from April 1 through October 31 of each calendar year, unless suspended or revoked by the Commissioner.
The information on this page is designed to explain the application, regulatory compliance, and inspection requirements associated with a Mobile Food Vending License. This information encompasses only health-related aspects of the regulatory requirements of a mobile food vending license, and business users should be aware that reading the documents attached and below will be necessary to properly understand the various provisions of DOHMH regulations.