The requirements to become a chauffeur vary depending on where you live, but a quick check at your local Secretary of State's office or Department of Motor Vehicle office should get you pointed in the right direction. Chauffeurs are employed by individuals, limousine companies and other companies and must undergo extensive training courses, submit to regular drug screening and adhere to strict standards.
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Call local, reputable limousine companies and ask what their requirements for employment are to get an idea of what's required to work for them.
Go to DMV.org and click on your state to determine the licensing requirements to become a chauffeur in your state. Some states require training while others only require you to pass a written test and pay a fee to obtain your chauffeur's license.
Prepare for a career in chauffeuring by developing excellent driving skills, have knowledge of defensive-driving techniques and transport regulations, have excellent map-reading skills, know the local area well and be familiar with local attractions and areas of the city and the correct routes to take.
Sign up for the required training in your state, take the chauffeur's licensing exam, and pay the required fees to obtain your chauffeur's license.
Apply to become a chauffeur at different limousine companies, search Craigslist and local papers for any ads wanting a private chauffeur, and check with airports to see if there are any limousine companies in need of chauffeurs.
Tips and warnings
- Knowledge of more than one language is useful in the chauffeuring business. Also knowing first aid skills is a plus.
- Beware of chauffeur training programs and special schools. They are very expensive and may not be necessary. Many chauffeur services prefer to train employees themselves and only require a good driving record, clean criminal check and proper state-issued chauffeurs license.