All taxi drivers in Maryland must be licensed to drive in their respective counties. While a taxi driver does not need any more than a regular car driver’s license from the Maryland MVA, he must meet the approval of his county’s administration to be granted a taxi driver’s license. Counties examine medical condition, driving record and criminal history when determining whether to grant a license. Some counties also look at issues of personal character, such as drug or alcohol abuse, when making license-approval determinations.
Get a State of Maryland driver’s license. You must have at least a “C” license from the Maryland MVA.
Gain driving experience. The amount of experience required differs from county to county, but you must be a able to show that you have had several years’ driving experience.
Determine in which Maryland county you need to get a taxi driver’s license. Taxi-driver licensing in Maryland is done at the county level. You should get a license for the county in which you reside. You can find a listing of Maryland counties in Resources.
Get a taxi driver license application from your county government. Many counties have these applications available for download on their websites. In other cases, you may need to contact the appropriate county department to get a copy of the application. Departments can differ from county to county, but taxi-driver licensing is usually handled by the county transportation or permits and licensing departments.
Complete the application. Applications can differ from county to county, but you generally must include information on your past addresses, past employment, driving history and criminal history. You may also have to include a copy of your Maryland MVA driving records, an affirmation from a physician that you are in good enough condition to drive a taxi, sets of your fingerprints and passport-sized photographs.
Submit the application to the appropriate county department. In some cases, you may need to pay a fee before being granted a license.
Richard Long is an English teacher in Toronto, Canada and has been writing for over five years. He has had work published in "Geist" and "Speak2Me" magazines and is currently completing a certificate in technical communication from George Brown College.