The process to become a limo driver depends on the laws in your area. In most places, you'll need a valid driver's license, a clean driving record and a professional chauffeur's license. If you plan to start your own limousine service, you'll have to meet additional business licensing requirements.
Some municipalities require limo drivers to complete a short training course as a condition of earning a chauffeur's license. The curriculum for these courses varies according to local regulations, but often includes training in safety procedures and defensive driving. These courses are often taught at local community colleges or vocational schools. Some limousine services require new hires to complete an in-house training program. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, in-house chauffeur training may place added emphasis on customer service standards.
In many states, drivers who receive financial compensation for driving passengers from place to place must hold a chauffeur's license in addition to a standard driver's license. Qualifying for a chauffeur's license requires having a good driving record, submitting to a criminal background check and passing a licensing exam. Some states or municipalities may only license limousine companies and simply require the company owner to certify that his or her drivers meet the legal qualifications to drive a limousine.
Many chauffeurs work for livery companies. Contact local limousine and private car services in your area to find out if they are hiring. If you own a vehicle, you can also operate independently, though this often requires a separate business license, notes the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. State and city professional licensing departments can provide information on how to apply for these licenses.
The BLS states that job opportunities for taxi drivers and chauffeurs will increase by 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, in part due to an aging population that will rely on cabs and private cars for getting around. Median yearly wages for limo and taxi drivers was $22,440 in 2010, per the BLS.
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- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
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