Main Detachment – 14355 57 Avenue, Surrey
$73 (plus $25 if fingerprints are required)
- Two pieces of government identification (one must be your Driver's Licence)
- Current driver’s abstract and claims history from ICBC (no older than 30 days)
- Photocopy of valid BC driver’s licence (front and back)
- Original and photocopy of Taxi Host level 1,2 or PRO (for taxi/limo)
- Original chauffeur’s permit if renewing
- Letter from current employer verifying employment
- Vulnerable Sector Check (form supplied at front counter)
Individuals must present TWO (2) pieces of identification with the same name on both from the following list. NOTE: The BC Services Card combined with the BC Driver's Licence is only considered ONE piece of ID.
- Valid Driver’s Licence with photo
- Valid BC Identification Card with photo
- Valid Passport
- Valid Nexus Card
- Native Status Card
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Permanent Resident Card
- Military Identification
- Birth Certificate
- Firearms Licence
- Provincial Health Care Card
- Minimum 19 years of age.
- Valid Class 1, 2 or 4 BC Operator's License.
- Canadian citizen or landed immigrant or legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Five or less hazardous moving violations in the past five years as scheduled in the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations.
- Successful completion of 27 hours of industry-related training in the areas of professional driving, taxi industry and local knowledge, and Taxi Host Pro.
- No criminal convictions in the past five years for: all crimes of violence (including family violence), sex offences, Criminal Code traffic offences, weapons offences, and/or alcohol/drug related offences. All other offences will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Applications may not be approved while outstanding criminal matters are before the courts. Any other charges or convictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Matters under the mental health act will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis supported by medical reports/recommendations from the applicant's caregiver.
- Applicants must disclose if they have been denied or refused a chauffeur's permit in any other Lower Mainland jurisdiction
Grounds for Refusal, Cancellation or Suspension
- Conviction of any serious criminal code offences (e.g. Impaired Driving, Dangerous Driving, Assault, etc.).
- Charged with any serious, violent criminal offence or drug trafficking.
- Accrual of 3 or more moving violations over any 12 months.
- More than 1 Sec. 215 Motor Vehicle Act Driver’s License suspension in the past 5 years.
- Charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug.
- Charged with operating a vehicle while their driver’s license is suspended or prohibited.
- Excessive customer complaints (3 or more in any 12 month period).
- Subject of any reports indicating health conditions resulting in a lack of fitness to act as a chauffeur.
- Found at fault in 3 or more motor vehicle collisions over any 12 months period, with over $1000 damage or bodily injuries.
- Incomplete application or false information in application.
- Applicants charged with any of the offences above can re-apply upon resolution of the outstanding charges.
- Application may be declined if indices check reveals pattern of violence, instability or substance abuse.
Note:Suspension period may vary according to the seriousness of the offence. In some instances, compulsory defensive driving courses and/or alternative measures may be required before reinstatement of a permit.
Permit holders will be evaluated using the indicated criteria, however, if the police chief of the municipality, on proof to his or her satisfaction, believes that a person holding a permit under subsection (3), because of his or her use of or dealing in intoxicants or narcotic drugs or any other reason, is unfit to act as a chauffeur, the police chief may suspend or cancel the permit. (Sec. 36 Motor Vehicle Act)
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