to become a San Francisco Taxicab Driver
Requisites for a Drivers Permit
as per Section 1089 (d) MPC
1. Be a resident of the United
States, of good moral character.
2. Be the age of 21 years
3. Be of sound physique,
with good eyesight and not subject to any disease, condition, infirmity,
or addiction to the use of alcohol or any controlled substance, which
might render the applicant unfit for the safe operation of a taxicab.
4. Be able to read and
write the English language.
5. Be clean in dress
6. Hold a valid California
Driver's License of a class sufficient for the lawful operation of the
motor vehicle to be driven.
Attend and complete a certified and approved Taxicab School training
course. Obtain a Certificate of Completion and ADA (Paratransit) Certificate.
Obtain a letter of intent to hire from a company willing to hire you.
Obtain a printout of your driving record from Department of Motor Vehicles.
(NOTE: Printout must
be dated within 30 days of application)
Obtain a "Passport Size" color or black and white, full face
(NOTE: Absolutely no
large photos, do not wear a hat, scarf, or sunglasses)
Bring all of the above to SFPD Permits, 850 Bryant Street, Room 458 (Monday
- Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), to submit an
application for Driver Public Vehicle for Hire permit plus $71.76 (seventy-one
dollars and seventy-six cents) in cash for Application Filing Fee and
$42.00 (forty-two dollars) in cash for Fingerprinting Fee.
The application process
takes approximately one week. You will be scheduled for taxicab class
on Thursday of the following week. Upon completion of the class and passing
of the test, a temporary permit is issued. Once the temporary permit is
issued, you may begin to work as a San Francisco taxicab driver.
Pick-up your permanent permit, badge and "A" Card at the Tax
Collector's Office at City Hall, Room 140 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m.). Allow at least 8 weeks for processing from the date of
issuance of your temporary permit. The Tax Collector will charge a fee
of $60.00 (sixty dollars). The fee breakdown is: License Fee $45.00, Badge
Fee $10.00 and Identification Card Fee $5.00. All fees are subject to