You need a taxi driver licence to drive a taxi.
Apply for a licence at an Ajovarma office. Make an appointment in advance. Ajovarma also provides advice to customers and checks the criteria and the application attachments.
Trafi decides whether or not to issue a licence. 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.
You may be issued with a taxi driver licence if
The taxi driver examination is composed of a theory test and a local knowledge test, which can be taken either separately or at the same time. The tests are organised by Trafi’s service provider Ajovarma Oy. Both tests are available either in Finnish or in Swedish. Book a time for your test at Ajovarma here.
The theory test consists of 30 multiple choice questions and it lasts a maximum of 45 minutes. There is only one completely correct answer to each question. There is more detail about the contents of the test in Trafi’s regulation concerning the taxi driver’s test.
The test consists of a total of 50 questions and it lasts a maximum of 45 minutes.
The test contains questions or tasks about the main thoroughfares in the street and road network and the directions of travel
When Trafi makes its decision, it checks the applicant’s record of criminal convictions and fines for the previous five years. A criminal record entry is made in the register if a person has been sentenced to prison conditionally or unconditionally. Information about fines is checked from the fines register.
A taxi driver licence cannot be issued if a person is,
You must apply to Ajovarma for your taxi driver licence. You must enclose the following with your application
If you have a driving licence issued by another EU or EEA member state and you do not have a Finnish right to drive, you must show your driving licence when applying for a taxi driver licence.
A taxi driver licence will be posted to the applicant’s home about two weeks after the licence has been issued. The licence will not be posted if the applicant is banned from driving or subject to a temporary ban or if the taxi driver licence has been cancelled.
When a taxi driver licence expires, you must apply for a new licence. The conditions for revalidating a licence are broadly the same as for the issue of the first licence. The attachments required for the application are also the same.
However, you will not need to take the taxi driver examination again nor provide a medical report if you are under the age of 45. The revalidation of a licence is also issued for five or two years.
You can order a new taxi driver licence to replace a licence that has been lost, destroyed, damaged or stolen. A replacement licence will be issued for the time remaining on the original licence. You should order a new licence from Ajovarma.
The police can cancel a taxi driver licence for a fixed period, temporarily or indefinitely if the holder of the licence does not fulfil the health requirements or is guilty of an offence that would prevent issuing a licence.