How to apply to drive a taxi or limousine
As of March 2021: Combined Taxi/Limousine Driver’s License: An individual will have one licence (Taxi Driver’s Licence) allowing them to drive both taxi and limousine.
To apply for a taxi driver’s licence, you must attend the Livery Transport Services office and produce a valid class 1, 2 or 4 Alberta Driver’s Licence and original proof of eligibility to work in Canada such as:
- Canadian Birth Certificate
- Canadian Citizenship card or certificate
- Canadian Permanent Resident card
- Current Work Permit
All documents must be originals, with matching names and spellings. If applicable, name change documentation must be provided.
To receive a taxi driver's licence, you must register for the Livery Driver Training Program which may be completed online or by attending a two-day class. This program focuses on passengers with disabilities, cultural diversity, driver safety/enforcement and bylaw information.
A training course fee is payable at the time of registration and includes all course materials and exam rewrites, if required.
Attendance for the Livery Driver Training Program is mandatory. A minimum grade of 80 percent is required to successfully pass the program.
Additional taxi licence requirements
All applicants must complete the following requirements:
- Calgary Police Service Information Check – This is completed at the Livery Transport Services office and relevant fees apply. A favourable recommendation from Calgary Police Service is required in order to obtain a taxi driver’s licence. Applicants can expect to wait approximately two to three weeks for their Calgary Police Service Information Check to be returned to the Livery Transport Services office. A licence is not issued until a recommendation has been received.
Once all post training qualifications are completed, a taxi driver’s licence may be attained and relevant fees apply.
The first licence is valid from the date of issue to the driver's next birthday. Subsequent licences will be issued yearly from the driver’s birthday. All taxi driver’s licences must be renewed upon each expiry.
Important information about your licence application
It is important to note if an application for a taxi licence is not advanced by the applicant for thirty (30) days, then the application is deemed abandoned and the application fee is forfeited to The City.