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Taxi Driver/Chauffeur

License required in 16 states

69th most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

76th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs drive automobiles, vans or limousines to transport passengers and may occasionally carry cargo.

Licensing

Sixteen states require a special driver’s license for taxi drivers or chauffeurs.1 On average, these laws cost aspiring taxi drivers and chauffeurs $47 in fees and 148 days in education and experience—the 69th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied here. Also, because relatively few states license taxi drivers and chauffeurs, the occupation ranks as the 76th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary greatly across states. For example, Tennessee requires two years (730 days) of driving experience, but nine states require no education or experience. Similarly, seven states require an exam, while nine do not. And while 14 states have an age requirement (D.C. and Maryland do not), it varies from 17 to 21 years. Fees range from $3 in Delaware to $275 in D.C.2

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Tennessee 16 $5 730 2 years 1 0 18
2 D C 16 $275 365 1 years 1 0 0
3 Indiana 16 $19 365 1 years 1 0 18
4 Rhode Island 16 $23 365 1 years 0 0 21
5 Delaware 16 $3 366 6 clock hours 1 years 0 0 18
6 Maryland 16 $53 182 6 months 0 0 0
7 Washington 16 $118 3 3 days 1 0 21
8 Utah 16 $25 0 1 0 21
9 Louisiana 16 $55 0 1 0 17
10 Michigan 16 $35 0 1 0 18
11 New Jersey 16 $51 0 0 0 21
12 Iowa 16 $40 0 0 0 18
13 Missouri 16 $18 0 0 0 18
14 Georgia 16 $15 0 0 0 18
15 Connecticut 16 $12 0 0 0 18
16 New York 16 $0 0 0 0 18