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.
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:
|Landed Immigrant Document|
|Federal Firearms Licence|
|Permanent Resident Card - Canada|
|Canadian National Institute for the Blind|
|National Defence ID|
*Please note: You must be legally entitled to work in Canada to possess a taxicab driver licence. Proof of this must be provided at time of obtaining your Licence. See “Type of Proof” below.
Previous Licence Holder
If you previously held a taxicab driver’s licence in Winnipeg and your licence was expired for:
*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.
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
Please note the Criminal Record Checks are valid for a maximum of 90 days and your application may take 4-8 weeks to process.
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
: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., 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.
Chief of Police
Winnipeg Police Service
Att: Police Records
P.O. Box 1680
Go to the main floor of the Public Safety Building, 245 Smith Street (entrance at Smith and Graham). 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. 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 15-30 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 42 out of 45 must be obtained to register for the Taxicab Driver Training Program. For more information contact St. James Continuing Education 204-832-9637.
If you fail the ELA test, you have two more opportunities to write it. If you fail a second time, you will be required to wait six months before re-taking the test. If you fail a third time, you must contact the Adult Language Training Center at 204-945-6300 or visit the 400 – 275 Portage Avenue for further English testing. You will be required to write an English proficiency test. If your proficiency test results are satisfactory, you will be able to register for the Taxicab Driver Training Program. If you fail the proficiency test, you will be required to attend English as an Additional Language Second Language (E.S.L.) classes until a satisfactory level of English skill is acquired.
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 44-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 80% 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). Please contact John Taylor Collegiate-Continuing Education at 204-832-9637 (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 for each part you are rewriting. Following two attempts to pass the examination, you will be required to re-take the Taxicab Driver Training Program and pay the full tuition.
Please be advised if you take the Taxicab Driver Training Program and do not obtain your Taxicab Driver’s Licence within a year of passing the Program, you will be required to retake the taxicab driver training program again prior to issuing a Taxicab Driver’s Licence.
Child Abuse Registry
Child Abuse Registry Applications can be completed in-person at: 1st floor - 777 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm; The application fee is $15.00, or download the application form and instructions by visiting:
Please note the Child Abuse is valid for a maximum of 90 days and your application may take 4-8 weeks to process.
Contact: (204) 945-6967
Accessibility Transportation Training
In consideration of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and consumer safety concerns, the Taxicab Board (Board) has approved new and enhanced training for existing and new taxicab drivers. The Taxicab Board has approved an additional full day Accessibility Transportation Training program for all taxicab drivers that will be mandatory and delivered by the Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC). The training will enhance drivers' knowledge with dealing with persons with a variety of disabilities.
Training will be conducted at the ILRC DART Centre located at 203 - 393 Portage Ave. (third floor of Portage Place: above Staples).
- Class time is approximately 6.5 hours.
- Classes are offered 3 days per week, or 2 evening sessions (to cover 1 full class) or 1 full day Saturday class.
Registrations can be made directly with ILRC:
By calling (204) 947-0194
In person at the ILRC main office (3rd floor of Portage Place)
Corporate invoicing is available upon request (minimum of 5 drivers)
The training fee (per driver) is $100 and must be made at the time of registration. Cash, cheque, money order or major credit cards are all accepted.
For more information on the Accessibility Transportation Training please call (204) 947-0194 or email email@example.com.
Taxicab Board Office
200-301 Weston Street
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3H4
Phone - 204-945-8919
Fax – 204-948-2315