GET FOCUSED on Miami
Miami-Dade County must follow Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) requirements because most of our Transit has been paid for partially by the Federal Government.
Extended Approval time for Transit Requests
◊ The FTA can take as long as 30 days for approval. In your letter
of intent add extra days on in front of your filming date and
after your filming date so that you don’t have to reapply.
◊ If your dates change a new letter of intent is required and then
the reset button is started with FTA approval – starting from
scratch again. *At times Transit receives approval from the
FTA the day prior to shooting*
Apply for a film/photo permit at FilMiami.org but DON’T pay the $100 permit application fee until you have full approval from County Film office via email.
◊ The process requires a written LETTER OF INTENT on
production company letterhead which must include the
◊ Detailed description of scene
◊ All equipment
◊ Total number of people on set
◊ Approximate economic impact brought to
◊ Agree that production will not interfere
with transit operations
◊ Agree that all costs will be reimbursed to Department of
Transportation and Public Works (Train cost, labor costs,
DTPW security costs, electric costs, etc.) – all costs are
paid prior to the filming date.
◊ Agree to an additional $140.00 still photography fee or the
$300.00 fee for Filming on the transit system – all costs
are paid prior to film date. Make checks payable to the
Department of Transportation & Public Works and can
be dropped off at the Miami-Dade County Office of
Film & Entertainment.
◊ Certificate of Insurance (as with any film permit)
◊ Once the FTA approves the request, an ACCESS
LETTER FROM MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT and a
COUNTY FILM PERMIT must be obtained from
◊ Pre-production or walk through meeting may be
required. Projects must specify which station
(MetroBus, MetroRail or MetroMover) to be used for
filming or photo. http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/
◊ Production must hire and pre-pay for security officer(s).
The amount of officers is determined by the scope of
the project and crew count. FEES APPLY.
◊ No filming during rush hour or lunch hour.
◊ Projects approved on a case by case basis. Special
conditions apply to each individual request.
◊ All transit trains and Metromover stations require
Time/Day Transit Preferences:
◊ Preferred days for filming on the Metrorail are
Saturdays and Sundays.
◊ Preferred MetroRail Stations for filming on a
stationary train are the Palmetto Station, Airport
Station or Dadeland South.
◊ Preferred MetroMover stations for filming are the
Museum Station or the School Board Station.
Transit Locations that don’t require FTA Approval
◊ Some transit buses and bus stops (Inquire with
County Film Office)
◊ Most of the Airport Metrorail station (A.K.A the MIC)