Licences are required for vehicle for hire drivers and their vehicles to ensure passenger and driver safety.
Becoming a Driver
A City of Edmonton-issued Driver’s Licence is required to operate a vehicle for hire in the City of Edmonton. A City Driver’s Licence is required for drivers of:
Taxis or accessible taxis
Private Transportation Provider (PTP) vehicles
A City Driver’s Licence is not required for drivers operating for Transportation Network Companies. To drive for a Transportation Network Company, please contact the company directly.
Dispatch and Vehicle Licence Fee Reductions
On April 6, 2021, City Council approved a 100% reduction in 2021 dispatch and vehicle licence fees for limousines and a 50% reduction in these fees for all other vehicles for hire. The fee reduction will be automatically applied when licensees renew their licence or apply for a new licence. For licensees who already received a credit for their 2021 fees, the fee reduction will be applied to their 2022 fees. The fee reductions are one way the City is helping support the industry through the pandemic recovery.
Vehicle for Hire Service Restrictions
Please visit the following web pages for applicable City and Provincial restrictions and guidelines.
Any offence of a violent nature, including firearms and weapons offences
Any offence involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual interference, procuring or invitation to sexual touching
Any offence involving fraud or fraudulent transactions, conspiracy to defraud, the use of false pretences, bribery, extortion, or theft; or
Any offence relating to the unlawful operation of a motor vehicle
If, when applying for a driver’s licence, an applicant’s police information check reveals a pending charge for any of the offences listed above, the City will impose the following conditions on the licence:
The licensee must provide an updated police information check or other documentation at regular intervals to the City until the charges are resolved, and
If the licensee is convicted of the charge, the licence will automatically be cancelled without prior notice to the licensee