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Licences are required for vehicle for hire drivers and their vehicles to ensure passenger and driver safety.

Vehicle for hire drivers are required to have a City-issued licence to drive taxis or accessible taxis, limousines, shuttles, and private transportation provider (PTP) vehicles.

Licensed vehicles for hire are subject to significant scrutiny by the City, making them considerably safer than unlicensed vehicles.

Becoming a Driver

A City of Edmonton-issued General Driver’s Licence is required to operate a vehicle for hire in the City of Edmonton. A General Driver’s Licence is required for drivers of:

  • Taxis or accessible taxis
  • Limousines
  • Shuttles
  • Private Transportation Provider (PTP) vehicles

A General 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.

Driver's Licence Requirements

Drivers must apply in person for a one-year or two-year licence.  Please visit the Edmonton Service Centre, 2nd floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, between 8am and 4:30pm, to apply.

To apply for a City of Edmonton General Driver’s Licence, please submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Application Fee
  • Class 1, 2, or 4 provincial operator’s licence
  • A Police Information Check that is not older than 90 days from Edmonton Police Service
  • Photograph (to be taken at the time of application or supplied by the applicant)
  • Proof of an accessible taxi driver training certification (to be noted on the driver’s licence) if driving an accessible taxi

Screening Criteria for Drivers

Under Section 33.1 of the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw 17400, no person may drive a vehicle for hire if, during the past 10 years, the person was convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that is related to the functions, duties, or business of a vehicle for hire or driver, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • 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
  • Trafficking
  • 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 an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that is related to the functions, duties, or business of a vehicle for hire or driver, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • 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
  • Trafficking
  • 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

the City of Edmonton will impose 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
  • Upon confirmation that the licensee is convicted of the charge, the licence will automatically be cancelled without prior notice to the licensee
Driver Responsibilities

Drivers should always:

  • Be kind and courteous
  • Take the most direct route to the passenger’s destination, unless otherwise directed by the passenger
  • Charge a fare that complies with the bylaw, and
  • At the conclusion of each trip, check the vehicle for any personal property apparently left behind by a passenger and make any such property available for retrieval by the passenger

Taxi and Accessible Taxi Drivers are the only drivers who can accept hails/flags from the street. All other trips must be pre-arranged.

Licensing Your Vehicle for Hire

A vehicle licence is required for the following vehicles for hire operating in the City of Edmonton:

  • Taxis and Accessible Taxis
  • Limousines
  • Shuttles
  • Private Transportation Provider vehicles

A vehicle licence is not required for vehicles operating for transportation network companies.

Each vehicle can only be issued one type of vehicle licence. Vehicles are licenced and regulated by the City to ensure that the vehicle for hire is a safe option for travel.

You can only apply for a vehicle licence in person at the Edmonton Service Centre, 2nd floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB. The Service Centre is open between 8am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday and is closed on weekends/statutory holidays.

Mechanical inspection are required annually and the responsibility of the owner. A current and valid Mechanical Inspection Record Form must be kept in the vehicle at all times.

Taxi and Accessible Taxi Vehicle Licences
Taxi Vehicle Licence

To apply for a taxi vehicle licence, please submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee 
  • An agreement with a dispatcher that states that they will provide dispatch services for  vehicle
  • Bill of Sale or other proof of ownership interest
  • Provincial Class 1-55 Registration Certificate
  • Proof of valid insurance policy (verify commercial insurance)
Accessible Taxi Vehicle Licence

To apply for an accessible taxi vehicle licence, please submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee 
  • An agreement with a dispatcher that states that they will provide dispatch services for  vehicle
  • Bill of Sale or other proof of ownership interest
  • Provincial Class 1-55 Registration Certificate
  • Proof of valid insurance policy (verify commercial insurance)
  • Proof of accessible equipment installation
Transferring Taxi and Accessible Taxi Licences

To apply to transfer a taxi or accessible taxi vehicle licence from one person or company to another person or company, please submit the following:

The person applying to receive the taxi licence or accessible taxi licence must comply with requirements for the vehicle licence, as required under section 26 of Vehicle for Hire Bylaw 17400.

Limousine Licences

To apply for a limousine vehicle licence, please submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Application fee 
  • An agreement with a dispatcher that states that they will provide dispatch services for  vehicle
  • Bill of Sale or other proof of ownership interest
  • Provincial Class 1-55 Registration Certificate
  • Proof of valid insurance policy (verify commercial insurance)
  • Proof that the vehicle is either:

    a stretch sedan or stretch sport utility vehicle of all makes (Ford, Chevrolet, Cadillac, etc.) containing a limousine package interior

    a specialized vehicle (Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes, etc.) containing a limousine package interior

    a bus or motorcoach containing a limousine package interior; or

    a limousine as deemed by the Vehicle for Hire Program Manager (send vehicle information to the Program Manager for review)

Photographs of the exterior or interior of the vehicle may be requested to confirm the vehicle meets the requirements to be a limousine.

Shuttle or Private Transportation Provider Licences

Shuttle Vehicle Licence

To apply for a Shuttle Vehicle Licence, please submit the following:
  • Completed Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • An agreement with a dispatcher that states that they will provide dispatch services for  vehicle
  • Bill of Sale or other proof of ownership interest
  • Provincial Class 1-55 Registration Certificate
  • Proof of valid insurance policy (verify commercial insurance)

Private Transportation Provider Licence

To apply for a Private Transportation Provider Licence, please submit the following:
  • Completed Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • An agreement with a dispatcher that states that they will provide dispatch services for  vehicle
  • Bill of Sale or other proof of ownership interest
  • Provincial Class 1-55 Registration Certificate
  • Proof of valid insurance policy (verify commercial insurance)

For More Information

Vehicle for Hire Licensing Information

2nd floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email vehicleforhire@edmonton.ca

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