How to Become a Taxi Driver in New Orleans, LA

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There is a lot of paperwork involved in becoming a New Orleans taxi driver.
There is a lot of paperwork involved in becoming a New Orleans taxi driver. (Image: PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A taxi driver in the Big Easy earns an average $18,970 per year, which is $2,580 less than the national average. The process to acquire a taxi driver's permit from the city of New Orleans is extensive, as it is in most large cities in the U.S. At every step, some sort of a fee is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Letter from cab company
  • Personal documents
  • $160.00

Choose a company for which to work. Call and request an interview. You need a letter from the company stating that you will be driving for it upon completion of all permit requirements. Make a copy of the letter for your records and keep the original to submit with your permit application.

Gather the following documents: Social Security card or letter from the Social Security office that lists your Social Security number; chauffeur’s or CDL license, issued in Louisiana; proof of at least six months' residency in Jefferson, St. Bernard, Orleans, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles or St. James parish. Proof can consist of a 6-month-old utility bill or mortgage or rent statement; work visa or resident alien card if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Go to City Hall, 1300 Perdido St. in New Orleans, and bring the documents with you. Ask for a taxi driver's permit application, fill it out and submit it with your documents.

Follow the instructions given to you when you submit your permit application. You will need a Federal Criminal History Report, which costs $50. You also need to submit to a drug test, which costs $20. The Ground Transportation Bureau will instruct you as to where to obtain these.

Schedule a time to take the written exam and pay the $10 exam fee. Upon passing the exam, you need to obtain a Defensive Driving Certificate and will be instructed how to do this. There is a $40 fee.

Pay an additional $40 for the driver's permit. Make your check or money order payable to the City of New Orleans.

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