How to become a taxi driver
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- applying directly
You may be able to do a college course, which could give you an advantage when looking for work. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving - Taxi and Private Hire
- Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You can apply directly to become a taxi driver if you've got a taxi driver's licence. This is often a common way into this job.
You'll need to meet the registration and licensing requirements of the taxi company you'll be working for and the local authority area where you'll operate. You'll usually need your own vehicle.