Taxi driver licence
 

Taxi driver licence

You need a taxi driver licence to drive a taxi.

You should submit your application to an Ajovarma office. Ajovarma also gives advice, and will check your application to ensure that you meet the requirements and have enclosed all the correct documents.

Trafi decides whether or not to issue a licence. If your application is approved, the card manufacturer will post your licence to your home address.

A taxi driver licence is issued for five years. If you are aged 68 or over, your taxi driver licence will be issued for two years.

Criteria for issuing a taxi driver licence

You may be issued with a taxi driver licence if

  • You have held a Category B driving licence for at least one year and have completed the practice and advanced phases of the driving instruction for Category B OR you have a valid driving licence issued in another EU or EEA Member State;
  • You are not subject to a driving ban or temporary driving ban;
  • You fulfil the health criteria for Group 2 driving licences and otherwise possess the functional capacity required to assist passengers and ensure their safety;
  • You have completed your taxi driver training and passed the examination;
  • You have passed your local knowledge test;
  • Your personal characteristics would make you a suitable taxi driver.

You will not be considered suitable to drive a taxi if you have committed traffic violations or other offences that indicate your unsuitability for the profession of taxi driver. Trafi will evaluate your suitability on the basis of information held in official registers.

How to apply for a taxi driver licence

You must enclose the following with your application

  • a photograph (you will not usually need to provide a new photograph if you have supplied one for a driver card, professional competence card, or a driving, taxi or ADR licence in or after 2013, or you have been issued with an ID card or passport in the past five years);
  • a medical certificate stating that you fulfil the health criteria for taxi drivers (no more than six months old);
  • a medical certificate proving your functional capacity (this should be included in the above-mentioned medical certificate, although you may provide a functional capacity declaration on a separate form until the end of 2016);
  • a pass certificate for your local knowledge test (no more than six months old).

Renewing your taxi driver licence

You should enclose the following documents with your renewal application

  • a certificate of further training (if your licence has expired, the certificate of further training must be no more than two years old);
  • if you have turned or will turn 45 before your current licence expires, a medical certificate, issued no later than six months earlier, stating that you fulfil the health criteria for taxi drivers (a certificate supplied for an age-based medical examination is valid for five years, as long as it explicitly mentions the health criteria required for Group 2 licences);
  • if you have turned or will turn 45 before your current licence expires, a medical certificate proving your functional capacity (this should be included in the above-mentioned medical certificate, although you may provide a functional capacity declaration on a separate form until the end of 2016);
  • a photograph (you will not usually need to provide a new photograph if you have supplied one for a taxi licence on or after 1 January 2013, or have been issued with an ID card or passport on or after 1 January 2011).

Advice and applications

Trafi's service provider Ajovarma Oy

 

Professional competence

Taxi drivers' professional competence

 
 
 
Page updated 12/31/2015