How to become a taxi driver

Updated: 23 Apr 2014
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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)

Requirements

You must meet these requirements when you apply:

  1. Singapore citizens only;
  2. Aged 30 years or older;
  3. 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;
  4. GCE 'O' level or 'N' level pass in English (at least an D7 grade) OR Level 3 or higher pass in English (WPL-CAT);
  5. Up-to-date Medisave account; and
  6. Be able to speak and read simple English.

Fees

The application fee is $40. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to “Land Transport Authority”.

Documents

You will need these documents:

  1. TDVL application form;
  2. A recent passport-size photo (in colour with white background);
  3. Your original NRIC; and
  4. 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
Singapore 575701

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.

Fees

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:

Note

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.

Services & tools

LTA online enquiry e-Service for vocational licence holders
Check the status of your vocational licence
Check your Medisave record
Check your outstanding Medisave liabilities and payment status
Image of Comfort Taxi used under GFDL licence
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