Becoming a taxi driver
The taxi driver licence is gateway to a vocation
In order to work as a taxi driver, you need a taxi driver licence granted by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom. The licence is granted for a fixed period of five years at a time. To drivers over 68 years of age, it is granted for two years at a time.
In order to obtain a taxi driver licence,
- you must have a valid right to drive, at least a category B right to drive issued one year previously in Finland or in another European Union Member State or a European Economic Area state:
- you meet the health requirements (group 2) for the professional traffic (section 18 of Act 386/2011 governing driving licences).
- you have passed the taxi driver’s examination (Note! The test must be taken in Finnish or Swedish).
- you do not have any entries in the criminal records or the register of fines that prevent the issuing of the licence.
Further information on taxi driver licences from Traficom’s website.
Support for your work
In order to prepare for the taxi driver’s examination and for support in your work, you can order the basic manual for taxi drivers, compiled by professionals and entitled Avaimet ammattilaisuuteen. The manual is only available in Finnish.
In addition to the Avaimet ammattilaisuuteen manual, we also recommend that drivers and future drivers study the following sources of useful information: Taxistars – materiaalia kuljettajalle (In English: Taxistars – A taxi driver’s guide) Please note that this is not material for preparing for the examination, but an information pack supporting your work.