How to Be a Taxi Driver

Updated March 23, 2017

Taxi services make transportation easily accessible for customers when their own cars fail them or when other public transportation is inconvenient. Taxi drivers drive passengers to and from their homes, workplaces, events and to other public transportation such as the airport. Professional taxi drivers may also offer sightseeing services. In order to become a skilled taxi driver, you must be alert to road and traffic conditions when driving in good or bad weather.

Receive a high school diploma or a GED. Taxi drivers need to be literate and able to communicate effectively and learn how to read road maps. Some localities require an English proficiency test. You will also need to understand and use basic math when dealing with money. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most taxi companies provide new drivers with on-the-job training.

Obtain a regular driver's license. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, drivers must receive a taxi driver's license in the majority of states. This license is called a "hack" license. Taxi drivers must possess medallions that verify them as legally recognised cabs.

Learn to be people oriented. Taxi drivers work mainly with the public and should learn to get along with a variety of people of different ethnicities and backgrounds. Patience is a virtue when waiting for passengers to figure out where they want to go or when dealing with rude customers.

Develop time management skills. Arrive and pickup passengers at expected prearranged times to drive passengers to the correct destinations. Taxi drivers must learn to be responsible and self-motivated since there is little supervision on the job.

Things You'll Need

  • High school diploma
  • GED
  • Taxi driver's license
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