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How to apply to drive a taxi or limousine

As of March 2021, a taxi driver’s licence allows you to drive both a taxi and/or a limousine. You do not need a different licence to operate a limousine.

Licence requirements

To apply for a taxi driver’s licence, you must attend the Vehicle for Hire office. To complete the application process you will need the following:

  • A valid class 1, 2 or 4 Alberta driver’s licence
  • Proof of eligibility to work in Canada
  • Complete and pass (minimum 80 per cent) the Livery Driver Training Program
  • A Calgary Police Service information check (completed the Vehicle for Hire Office)

Once all requirements are met, your photograph will be taken and a taxi driver’s licence will be issued. The first licence is valid from the date of issue to the driver’s next birthday. In subsequent years, annual renewal is required.

Proof of eligibility to work in Canada

An original proof of eligibility to work in Canada will need to be presented, such as:

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian citizenship card or certificate
  • Canadian permanent resident card
  • Current work permit
  • Current Canadian passport
  • Refugee Protection Claimant Document – Certified

Original documents are required with matching names and spellings. Photocopies of documents are not accepted. If applicable, name change documentation must also be provided.

Livery Driver Training Program

Applicants must complete and pass the Livery Driver Training Program. The program may be taken online or in-person (two days at the Vehicle for Hire office. (Currently in-person training is suspended, check back for further updates). The program focuses on passengers with disabilities, cultural diversity, driver safety/enforcement and bylaw information. To pass, you must score a minimum of 80 per cent. One rewrite is a permitted. Access to the online training is provided during the application process.

Calgary Police Service Information Check

A Calgary Police Service Information Check is a requirement. Apply for the police check in-person at the Vehicle for Hire office. Police checks are usually completed in approximately two to three weeks. The licensing office will notify you when the police check is completed.

An Alberta Provincial Driver’s Licence (class 1,2 or 4) and one of the following is required:

  • Alberta Heath Care Card
  • Current Canadian Passport
  • Firearms Licence
  • Refugee Protection Claimant Document – Certified
  • Nexus Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card (Federally issued)
  • Aviation Document Booklet
  • Marriage Certificate


  • Two (2)-day classroom Livery Driver Training Program: $310
    Online Livery Driver Training Program: $95
  • First licence fee: $135
  • Calgary Police Service Information Check: $55

Non-refundable payments are required for police checks, training and licences.

Important: Applicants are responsible to meet all timelines and requirements to keep the licence application active. If your file closes, another application may be required.

Apply at the Vehicle for Hire office

Hours of operation:

Monday — Friday from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
(except stat holidays).

Phone: 403-648-6300

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