The Corpus Christi Police Department is warning the public Monday about people advertising for local rides across social media and Craigslist.

Officers with the Vehicle for Hire office said many of the "drivers" don't have a city permit which means they might not have gone through a background check.

If people come across advertisements about five dollar rides around the Coastal Bend on Facebook or Craigslist chances are they do not have a city permit that should be displayed in taxi's or limos to let people know they are legit.

A driver's permit will be displayed on the windshield or in plain sight to the passenger, which means they have gone through a background check and are registered with the city. Rideshares such as Lyft or Uber are state regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration and are supposed to have a company sticker to identify themselves.

Police said luckily they have had no incident surrounding the advertisements, but they want the public to be safe.

"We don't know the background of the people whether they have or may have felony convictions," captain Russell Sherman said. "There's a whole host of problems that could come along with that."

Drivers who do not have a city permit or aren't registered with TDLR could face several fines including driving without a permit and driving without a certificate of operations.

Corpus Christi police said if you get into a car and don't see the permit, ask the driver, and if they don't have the permit ask them to pull over, exit the vehicle and call the police.

Even though a five dollar ride might be tempting as opposed to other companies rates, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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