To become a taxi driver in Singapore, you must obtain a vocational licence. This guide shows you how.
Step 1: Apply for your taxi driver's vocational licence (TDVL)
You must meet these requirements when you apply:
- Singapore citizens only;
- Aged 30 years or older;
- Have held a valid Class 3 or 3A Singapore driving licence for a continuous period of at least one year at the point of application;
- GCE 'O' level or 'N' level pass in English (at least an D7 grade) OR Level 3 or higher pass in English (WPL-CAT);
- Up-to-date Medisave account; and
- Be able to speak and read simple English.
The application fee is $40. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to “Land Transport Authority”.
You will need these documents:
- TDVL application form;
- A recent passport-size photo (in colour with white background);
- Your original NRIC; and
- Your original Class 3 driving licence.
How to apply
Submit the fee and documents, by mail or in person, to:
Land Transport Authority
Vocational Licence Services
10 Sin Ming Drive
You will receive your application outcome by mail within a month’s time.
Step 2: Pass a medical examination
Take a complete medical examination at any general practitioner’s (GP) clinic and a chest X-ray examination by a radiologist. The X-ray can be done at the Singapore Anti-Tuberculosis Association (SATA) medical centre. Bring along a print copy of the LTA medical examination form.
Step 3: Complete the TDVL training course
Sign up for the TDVL course at these authorised training centres:
- Singapore Taxi Academy
- The Herencia, 46 Kim Yam Road, #04-15, Singapore 239351
T: 6472 7351
- Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd
- 383 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575717
T: 6550 8681
- SMRT Taxi Pte Ltd
- 60 Woodlands Industrial Park E4, Singapore 757705
T: 6369 0111
After your TDVL application is approved, you must register for the TDVL training course within 4 months. You must complete the course within 1 year of the date of your approval letter.
The course fee is $335 (includes test fees and GST).
Step 4: Join a taxi company
Contact the following taxi companies for taxi hire details:
As a TDVL holder, you are also allowed to drive taxis as a relief driver. To find work as a relief driver, you can contact any of the taxi companies.