What You Need to Know?

Here’s what you need to know before you can start providing private hire services.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has introduced the Private Hire Car Driver Vocational Licensing (PDVL) framework in 2017 to level the playing field between private hire drivers and taxis drivers – a vocational license is required.

You are required to apply for either a Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence (TDVL) or Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence (PDVL). What is the difference?

With TDVL, you can drive both Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV), while PDVL only allows you to drive Private Hire Vehicle (PHV).

Step 1: Submitting Application

You may use your SingPass to apply online at https://licence1.business.gov.sg, with a payment of $40 to LTA for the nonrefundable application fee. Read More

Step 2: Complete Medical Check-up

After you have received LTA approval letter to attend the Vocational License course, you may go to any registered medical clinic to have your chest x-ray and medical examinations done for the purpose of you TDVL/ PDVL application.

Step 3: Register for Your Course

LTA has appointed ComfortDelGro Taxi (CDG) / Singapore Taxi Academy (STA) to provide TDVL/ PDVL training. Visit CDG or STA to register to the respective courses.

After obtaining a PDVL

Drivers already under Grab or Uber will probably choose to tap onto current services provided by the respective operators to obtain a PDVL as soon as possible. But those who are not yet bound to an operator, you’ll be glad to know that Singapore citizens can apply for the PDVL as a self-employed driver ie. you do not need to be employed by an external operator at the time of your application.

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Step 4: Attend Course & Test

Bring the following on the day of your course:

  • NRIC (Original with photocopy of front and back view on a page)
  • Driving license (Original with photocopy of front and back view on a page)
  • LTA approval letter
  • Original medical examination report
  • Educational cert – GCE N or O level English (Grade D7 and above) or WSQ Conversational English (Competency level 3) – Original and photocopy
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