How Do You Apply for a Taxi Permit?


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The specific requirements and procedures for applying for a taxi permit varies greatly from state to state. In general, individuals applying for an American taxi permit must submit a formal application to the licensing regulatory authority for their cities. Applicants must also satisfy health and security requirements when applying.

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In addition to the formal application, some cities require applicants to satisfy certain job requirements prior to the submitting an applications. For example, applicants in San Francisco are required to be at least 21 years of age, demonstrate reading, writing and speaking proficiency in English, and have held a valid driver's license for a minimum of one year prior to submitting an application. Applicants must also pass a routine medical exam to show normal health and vision.

States also require applicants to demonstrate safe driving ability and pass a security check. Individuals must complete a safe driving course, taxi training program, and pass a certification exam to satisfy the safe driving requirement. Additionally, applicants undergo a fingerprint and background check. To ensure that drivers present no risk to public safety, prospective drivers must have no prior convictions that show a history of violence or assault. Each state determines the additional disqualifying factors of a person's criminal history.

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