The City is accepting applications from driver training programs seeking approval as recognized providers for vehicle-for-hire drivers. Application deadline has been extended to 4 p.m. March 20, 2020.

If you drive a taxicab or limousine, you must obtain a vehicle-for-hire driver licence.

Individuals

Apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office located inside the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions)

Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):

  • Canadian Passport (photo ID)
  • Driver’s Licence (photo ID)
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • SIN Card (Social Insurance Number)
  • Valid Work Permit

Note:

  • First and last names must match on all identification
  • We do not accept Health Cards

An Accessibility Fund Program has been created to support the availability of accessible service and to offset the higher cost of providing wheelchair accessible service.

The program is being funded by a regulatory charge on members of the industry. Toronto Taxicab Licensees (TTLs) and Standard Taxicab Owners who have an accessible vehicle are exempt from these fees.

Funds will be disbursed to wheelchair accessible taxicab owners and drivers based on service standards and eligibility criteria.

Application fee:$132.60

Accessibility Fund Program fee: $62.66.

You will need to pay a total of $195.26 when applying for your vehicle-for-hire driver licence.

Applicants must provide an original Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.

A valid Province of Ontario Class G (or higher) driver’s licence. Drivers need to have a minimum of three years of driving experience.

A copy of the applicant’s driving record abstract: a three year driving history recorded by the Ministry of Transportation.

This record should be less than 30 days old.

Staff will take a photo of the applicant at the time of application.

  • Drivers of taxicabs and limousines need to successfully complete a third-party training program approved by the City, as a requirement of licence issuance or renewal.
  • The new training requirement aims to improve driver awareness and enhance public safety.
  • Preliminary topics include transporting passengers in a safe manner; driving in an urban setting; providing accessible service; anti-racism, diversity and sensitivity; and legal requirements.
  • New drivers need to provide proof of this training from June 1, 2020 onward. Drivers currently licensed will be required to provide evidence of training in a City- approved third-party program by the end of 2020.
  • The successful completion of a City-approved training program will be transferable across all non-accessible driver licence categories.

The City is developing a long-term Accessibility Strategy which includes accessible driver training and refresher programs.

In response to industry requests, we have developed criteria to recognize training programs delivered through providers (educational institutions, municipal organizations, public or non-profit training organizations and licensed taxicab brokerages) for Accessible Endorsements on Vehicle-for-Hire Driver licences.

Vehicle-for-Hire Driver Applicants who present a certificate of successful completion of recognized programs to the Licence and Permit Issuing Office will be eligible to receive an Accessible Endorsement on their City of Toronto Vehicle-for-Hire Driver’s licence.

The City shall deny an application for, or a renewal of a vehicle-for-hire driver and Private Transportation Company (PTC) driver licence, and no PTC shall allow a person to act as a PTC Driver where the licensee or applicant has:

a) Been convicted at any time of a sexual offence against a minor or a person with a disability under any of sections 151 to 153.1 of the Criminal Code

b) Been convicted of any sexual offence under the Criminal Code in the preceding ten years

c) Been convicted of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections in the preceding five years:
i. 84 to 117.15 (Firearms and Other Weapons)
ii. 264.1 to 286.1 (Offences Against the Person)
iii. 321 to 378 (Offences Against Rights of Property)
iv. 379 to 462 (Fraudulent Transactions, Wilful and Forbidden Acts of Certain Property, Offences Relating to Currency)
v. 462.3 to 462.5 (Proceeds of Crime)

d) Been convicted at any time of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections:
i. 83.01 to 83.33 (Terrorism)
ii. 219 to 248 (Major Offences Against the Person)
iii. 267, 268, 270.01, 272, 273 (Major Assaults or Major Sexual Assaults)

e) Been convicted of an offence under the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act sections in the preceding ten years:
i. 5 (Trafficking)
ii. 6 (Importing and exporting)
iii. 7 (Production)
iv. 7.1 (Possession for use in production or trafficking)

f) Been convicted of any offence under section 4 (Possession or obtaining) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the preceding five years

g) Been convicted of five or more offences under Chapter 545 or 546 of the Toronto Municipal Code in the preceding three years

h) Any overdue by-law fines, unless the applicant provides proof that such fines have been subsequently paid.

i) Been convicted of any offence under sections 249, 252, or 253 of the Criminal Code (Motor Vehicles, Vessels, and Aircraft) in the preceding five years

j) Accumulated nine or more demerit points on his or her driving record abstract at the time the application for a licence or renewal is made

k) Been convicted of any of the following offences under the Highway Traffic Act in the preceding five years:
i. Careless driving
ii. Racing or stunt driving
iii. Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/hour or more
iv. Failing to stop for a school bus or when signaled or asked by a police officer
v. Failing to remain at the scene of a collision
vi. Driving while licence suspended

Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant’s or licensee’s record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada.

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued.

The renewal fee is $132.60.

Accessibility Fund Program fee: $62.66.

You will need to pay a total of $195.26 when applying for your vehicle-for-hire driver licence.

A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.

Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee.

If you fail to renew your licence within 90 days of the specified renewal date, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.