While it’s true that becoming a limousine driver does not require you to get a formal education, you will need more than just a regular driver’s license. The exact type of licensure that you will need to professionally drive a limousine is going to depend on the state that you live in. It is highly recommended that you take the time to find out what laws your particular stat has when it comes to limousine licensure requirements.
There are a number of different companies that offer professional training for prospective limo drivers. These training courses can prepare you for driving a limousine, and you will earn a special endorsement on your driver’s license that is required for professional driving jobs. Keep in mind that some states also require you to obtain a special taxi or limousine license, according to the BLS.
You will want to contact your state’s department of motor vehicles (DMV) so you can be sure that you meet all of the minimum age and citizenship requirements to become a limo driver. For example, in the state of New York you have to be at least 19 years old and a legal citizen of the U.S.
It will also be necessary for you to complete a passenger endorsement commercial driver’s license (CDL) application. This particular credential is often referred to as a chauffer’s permit or “hack” license. You can get a CDL application online or by visiting your local DMV office in person. Make sure that you submit the application along with the required processing fee. You will also have to submit proof of vehicle insurance for the limo you intend of driving.
Before you can officially get your CDL, you will need to take and pass a written exam. After you have passed this exam as well as a criminal background check and drug testing, you can start applying for a job with a local limousine company.