How to Get a Taxi Permit


If you like to work independently, meet new people and travel, operating a taxi cab may be a suitable job for you. Becoming a taxi driver is more complicated than simply getting into a car and giving people rides. You have to become officially licensed by your local taxi commission. This may entail taking a special driving course, passing a written examination and meeting other requirements, so be prepared to spend time and money getting approved before you can hit the road.

Things You'll Need

  • Proof of citizenship, passport or birth certificate
  • Driver's license
  • Social security card
  • Contact your local taxi commission to determine the local requirements for getting a taxi license. For example, in New York City applicants must attend an approved taxi school to prepare for the taxi exam.

  • Fill out an application from your local taxi commission. This may include undergoing a physical examination and getting a doctor's signature.

  • Take a defensive-driving course, if necessary.

  • Submit your paperwork to the taxi commission. This may include proof of citizenship, an original social security card, your driver's license and proof of completion of a defensive-driving course.

  • Attend taxi school if your local commission requires it. For example, in New York City you may attend either a 24-hour or an 80-hour school to prepare for the Yellow Cab test.

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