How to Train to Be a Taxi Driver


If you are interested in becoming a taxi driver in your city or town, there are a number of steps that you must complete before you can begin your career. Larger cities such as Boston, New York City and Los Angeles are almost always are seeking out new taxi drivers, which means the job is in demand - in large cities. If you live in a smaller town, you might have to travel to a nearby city for work. After some preparation and training, and with a clean driving record, almost anyone can become a taxi driver.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid driver's license from your state
  • Be 18 years of age or older (some states require you to be 19 years of age)
  • Social security card
  • Completed application
  • Completion of a defensive driving course (some states)
  • Take your driver's license test if you don't already have a valid driver's license from your state.

  • Apply for a chauffeur's license by visiting your local DMV. Your driver's license cannot have more than seven DMV points within an 18-month period of time or you will not qualify and you should preferably have a clean driving record.

  • Submit your social security card and your driving record with your application.

  • Obtain a medical form from the DMV to take to your doctor. This form must be filled out by your doctor within six months of your application.

  • Pay any outstanding tickets or fines that you might have.

  • Take an approved taxi school program, which is either 80 hours or 24 hours in duration. Some states require 80 hours, so you will need to check with your local DMV.

  • File all of the paperwork from your doctor, taxi program (showing that you passed) and any other documents with the city office to which you are applying to become a taxi driver. Once approved, you can apply to different taxi or limo companies within your city or town.

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