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New Drivers

You are considered a new driver if you have never held a taxicab driver’s licence in the City of Winnipeg. Individuals who have held a Taxicab Driver’s Licence in other provinces or jurisdictions are also considered a new driver.

Previous Licence Holder

You are a previous licence holder if you were previously issued a Taxicab Driver’s Licence or Limousine/Executive Car licence in Winnipeg. Please see “new drivers” if you who have previously held a Taxicab Driver’s Licence or Limousine/Executive Car licence in other provinces or jurisdictions.


New Drivers

Taxicab Driver

Possession of a valid taxicab driver’s licence allows you to operate standard taxicabs, accessible taxicabs, handi-cab vans, limousines and executive cars.

To obtain a taxicab driver’s licence, you must attain the following:

*Please note: You must be legally entitled to work in Canada to possess a taxicab or limousine/executive car driver licence.


Previous Licence Holder

If you previously held a taxicab driver’s licence in Winnipeg and your licence was expired for:

Period of Expiry
You require the following…
Less than 1 year
1 – 3 years (inclusive)
More than 3 years

*Please note: You must be legally entitled to work in Canada.


Manitoba Class 4, 3, 2, or 1 Driver’s Licence

Contact any Manitoba driver licencing office or phone 985-1100 to obtain information.


Record Review Certificate

An approved Record Review Certificate must be obtained from the City of Winnipeg Police Service. Please visit Inquiry at the Bureau of Police Records, which is located on the 4th Floor – 151 Princess Street to fill out an application. The Record Review Certificate Board that meets weekly will review the application and directly notify the Taxicab Board office of your status. Please note that two (2) pieces of identification from the following list will only be accepted:

Mandatory Identification Secondary Identification
Driver’s Licence Medical Health
Birth Certificate Teachers Certificate
Passport Manitoba Family Services
Status Card Social Insurance (not metal)
Citizenship Card Blue Cross
Landed Immigrant Document  
Federal Firearms Licence  
Permanent Resident Card - Canada  
Canadian National Institute for the Blind  
National Defence ID  

Fee: no charge


Criminal Record Check

Submit your applications as soon as possible to ensure it is processed and the information is received by the Taxicab Board prior to your taxicab driver’s licence expiration. For more information go to: http://www.winnipeg.ca/police/pr/fees_info.stm

Fees: Payment is accepted in Canadian currency only.

Types of payment accepted: Cash (in-person payment only), Debit Cards (in-person payment only), Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express (in-person payments and payments received through the mail), Postal Money order, Certified Cheque. Personal cheque - results of record check will not be released for a period of 2 weeks until the cheque clears the bank. Make cheque payable to: City of Winnipeg

Identification:You may apply in person by attending any of the following Service Centres, filling out an application and providing two-pieces of ID (see Notice of Mandatory Identification Requirements).

Mandatory Identification: Drivers License / Passport / Birth Certificate / Status Card / Landed Immigration Papers / Citizenship Card.

Secondary Identification: Medical Health / Blue Cross / Teachers Certificate / National Defence Card / S.I.N. / MB Family Services, or other acceptable identification.

SENSITIVE POSITION OF TRUST – persons requiring a criminal record search certificate to obtain a position of trust that requires the applicant to work/volunteer with children, seniors or challenged persons must complete and enclose a Consent Form 1 authorizing the Winnipeg Police Service to conduct a Vulnerable Sector Search to determine if the applicant is a pardoned sex offender.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed on Fridays and Statutory Holidays

To find the Winnipeg Police Service hours of operation go to: See Service Centre Hours of Operation

Application options:

Mail-In:

Chief of Police
Winnipeg Police Service
Att: Police Records
P.O. Box 1680
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 2Z7

Online application:
For more information on applying online go to: https://winnipegpolice.ebackgroundcheck.ca/Contents/Apps/eBackgroundCheckService.aspx

Walk in:
Go to the main floor of the Public Safety Building, 151 Princess Street at William Avenue. Hours are: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed on Fridays and Statutory Holidays


English Language Assessment Test (ELA Test)

It is mandatory that you write the English Language Assessment Test before registering for the Taxicab Driver Training Program or Limousine/Executive Exam. There are no exceptions. Due to limited seating, you must register in advance by visiting St. James Continuing Education office which is located at John Taylor Collegiate 470 Hamilton Avenue. A non-refundable testing fee of $15 must be made at the time of registration. Payment may be made by cash, debit card, Visa or Mastercard. This test is usually held on a Tuesday. You are required to sign in 10-15 minutes before testing with a piece of photo identification. You are given only thirty (30) minutes to complete the test. A passing mark of at least 40 out of 45 must be obtained to register for the Taxicab Driver Training Program. For more information contact St. James Continuing Education 832-9637.

If you fail the ELA test, you have two more opportunities to write it. If you fail, you must contact the Adult Language Training Center at 945-6300 or visit the 400 – 275 Portage Avenue for further English testing. You will be required to write an English benchmark test. If your benchmark test results are satisfactory, you will be able to register for the Taxicab Driver Training Program. If you fail the benchmark test, you will be required to attend English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) classes until a satisfactory level of English skill is acquired.

Fee: $15 (Fee is now $15 not 10)


Taxicab Driver Training Program

*It is mandatory that you pass the ELA test before you register for the Taxicab Driver Training Program.

The Taxicab Driver Training Program is a 40-hour course that will cover the Taxicab Act & Regulations, quality customer service, the taxicab as a business, geography planning routes, driver personal safety, transporting the disabled and defensive driving. You must achieve a minimum pass mark of 75% on the final exam. 100% attendance is also required for successful completion. The tuition fee is $300 and is payable at the time of registration (includes initial examination fee). Tuition fee is eligible as an Income Tax Credit. Please contact John Taylor Collegiate-Continuing Education at 832-9637 (8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.) or visit 470 Hamilton Avenue to register or for further information.

Please note that you may attempt the examination a total of three (3) times. If you should need to retake the examination, a fee of $25 will be assessed. Following three attempts to pass the examination, you will be required to re-take the Taxicab Driver Training Program and pay the full tuition and material fee.

For more information on the Taxicab Driver Training Program go to: http://www.sjsd.net/Coned.


Child Abuse Registry

Child Abuse Registry Applications can be completed in-person at: 102-114 Garry Street, Winnipeg, MB Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm; The application fee is $15.00 Or, you can download the application form and instructions by visiting:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/child_abuse_registry.html

Contact: (204) 945-6967

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