TCP, Seller of Travel and TCRC Numbers

TCP, Seller of Travel and TCPC Numbers, why are they important? They are ways Consumers can validate the Wine Tour Company they’re using is registered, licensed and insured to operate in California.

Wine Tour Operator Regulation and Authorization in California

Wine Tour Operators (WTO) are Authorized by the Secretary of State’s office and regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) office. A WTO must have a Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation (TCRC) number [which is required to receive an operating certificate from the Secretary of State], a Seller of Travel number from the Secretary of State and a Transportation Charter Passenger (TCP) number, which is issued by the CPUC.

Transportation Charter Passenger Number

The importance of a TCP number can not be understated. This is the number found on the left rear and right front of licensed and insured Wine Tour vehicles, like Limos, Tour Vans and Sedans.

If the vehicle does not have a TCP number on it, you are riding in an unlicensed and (potentially) uninsured, personal car, not an inspected and licensed commercial vehicle.

Seller of Travel Number

In California, if a WTO offers any type of tours they must be a registered ‘Seller of Travel with the California Secretary of State’s office. The Seller of Travel number is the office certification for a WTO that they are licensed and insured.

WTO’s are required to hold commercial vehicle insurance, a business liability insurance plan and have a drug and alcohol testing lab partner before they can be issued a Seller of Travel permit.

Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation Number

While the TCRC number isn’t visible on most WTO websites, it IS required. You can always ask a representative of the Tour Agency to verify they have a TCRC number. This is the number which a consumer will use to file a dispute against the Tour operator.

If the operator doesn’t have a TCRC number, it means they haven’t paid into the insurance pool designated to handle dispute refunds. This means, if you have a dispute with your WTO, you might not have any legal recourse.

Protect Yourself, Use Licensed WTO’s

It should be easy to see TCP and Seller of Travel numbers on WTO websites – at Old Vine Wine Tours we publish our numbers at the bottom of each page!

Some “bargain” priced tour operators offer their prices because they DON’T have a TCP number or aren’t licensed as a Seller of Travel. While it might be tempting to seek out a lower price for your important event, wine tour day or celebration, it’s better to work with companies who are, in fact, licensed, insured and regulated!

Next Steps

To Book your next Wine Tour, Company Outing, Family Event or Celebration, call Old Vine Wine Tours at 707-386-9859, send an email to events@happytravelerstours.com or visit our Booking Page and complete our Contact Form.


COVID Protocols

Old Vine Wine Tours takes Coronavirus COVID 19 seriously and it’s incumbent on us to maintain on-going Safety Protocols in our day-to-day operations. 

The health of our Guests, Partners and Employees is paramount to us and we take pride in providing our educational cannabis tours with Best Practice Protocols.

  • December 8, 2021: All Old Vine Wine Tours Staff has been fully inoculated with the Moderna Vaccine and Boosted with the Pfizer Vaccine.  
  • Please Note: we require Proof of Vaccination so bring your Vaccination Card!

Vehicles and Equipment

  • Old Vine Wine Tours and our transportation partners clean and service Tour Vans and Busses before and after every use: 
    • Disinfecting all inside surface areas
    • Exterior washing
    • Thorough interior detailing

Tour Paraphernalia, Glasses and Utensils

  • As part of our Tour Itineraries, cannabis pipes, wine glasses and utensils are cleaned, disinfected, sanitized and stored hygienically after every use:
    • Wine Glasses and Utensils
      • warm soapy water
      • hot water rinse
      • sanitization
      • air dry

On Tour

During Tours, the following protocols are in place:

  • Masks
    • Masks are required on board and at all Stops except Outdoor Locations:
      • Vineyards
    • If you don’t have a Mask at the time of your Tour, you can purchase one from Old Vine Wine Tours prior to boarding
    • Old Vine Wine Tours will provide hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes
  • Group Size
    • The Old Vine Wine Tours company bus is a Ford Transit 350 configured to comfortably seat 14 passengers
  • Boarding Requirements
    • Prior to boarding, all guests must answer Covid-19 screening questions including contact tracing, personal health and home state questions.
    • At time of boarding, all Guests are required to have a temperature scan
      • Note: All members of a Group will be unable to Tour if a scan shows higher than ‘normal’ (98.6 degrees) for any member of the Group.

We appreciate your business and understand some of these protocols might seem extreme, especially once Wine and Weed Country are ‘back in business’. 

Please remember, these protocols are in place for everyone’s health and safety, and, until there is a vaccine, there is risk.

COVID-19 Screening Questions

Contact Tracing

  • Have you, a family member, friend or co-worker been exposed to Covid-19?
    • If Yes: was the person tested?
    • If Yes: was the test positive or negative?
    • If Positive: did the person get ill?
    • If Yes: have they recovered?

Personal Health

  • Do you currently (or within the last two weeks) have any of these symptoms:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following:

    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

Home State/Home Country

  • What State or Country do you and your Party live in?
    • Note: we reserve the right to decline business based on local/regional Covid-19 conditions.