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Introduction

According to the Act about the professional competence of taxi drivers (18 September 2009 / 695) which came into effect on 1 January 2010, the taxi drivers must have the proficiency required for the task and fit for the task. In order to achieve this proficiency, the driver must complete the taxi-driver training and test as well as further training referred to in the Act.

Eligibility

Conditions for A Taxi Driver License

  • the applicant has a right to drive a car other than a temporary right obtained for two years or a car driving license issued in another EEA state, and (s)he fulfills the detailed requirements, prescribed by Government decree, relating to the right-to-drive or driving license specified
  • the applicant has not reached 70 years of age
  • the applicant fulfills the health requirements prescribed for driving-license classes C and D
  • the applicant has completed the taxi drivers' training and test to an acceptable standard
  • the applicant has local knowledge of the area in which the car is located
  • the applicant is otherwise fit to be a taxi driver with regard to his/her personal qualities.

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Instructions

  • Taxi driver licenses are issued by the police.
  • A taxi driver has the right to operate a taxi when the license is issued to him.
  • There are prerequisites taken into account when assessing a taxi driver's personal qualities.
  • An applicant is not considered to be fit when he or she has committed a traffic offense or some other criminal offense prescribed in law.

Required Information

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
e.g.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Procedure

  1. Go to a police department to apply for a taxi driver license.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Submit the required documents stated below.
  4. Pay the application fee.

Note:
A driver license is delivered to the holder by posting it to their home address entered in the Population Information System. If the holder doesn't have a Finnish home address or cannot be posted for some other reason, the driving license permit will be delivered to the police department that granted it.

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Required Documents

For Taxi Driver License Application

  • 2 photographs (it is possible to use a photograph previously stored in the vehicular and driver data register from which the applicant can be easily recognized)
  • a doctor's statement issued no more than six months earlier
  • a certificate for the local knowledge test performed no more than six months earlier

Fees

Taxi-driver license - 62 €

Validity

  • The taxi driver license is issued for a period of five years.
  • The taxi driver license shall be extended for five years at a time, if the applicant fulfills the requirements for obtaining the license and shows that (s)he has received further training. *Ho
  • The taxi driver license shall remain in force for no longer than the period that the applicant's right-to-drive remains valid and not beyond the applicant's 70th birthday.

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

To find a local police station to your area, click on the link below:
Police Contact Information: https://www.poliisi.fi/poliisi/home.nsf/www/contactus

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

Information which might help

The taxi driver license may show the car's location or those places of which the driver has local knowledge.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

Taxi-driver Licenses: https://www.poliisi.fi/poliisi/home.nsf/pages/F15DDD731E0A29BFC225777D003F37AA?opendocument
Prices for Police Services: https://www.poliisi.fi/poliisi/home.nsf/pages/1C6E6CB545F4B16BC2257B0C0031E6F3?opendocument

Others

Other information about taxi driver licensing can be found at this site: http://www.trafi.fi/en

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