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Taxi/Chauffeur Permit

July 2019 Update on Applications

Please be advised that we are experiencing an increase in Police Information Check and Taxi Permit applications.  Normal processing time is 2-4 weeks and we are working diligently to process each application as quickly as possible.  In order to assist us with this process we are requesting applicants refrain from contacting the NWPD to check the status, until 4 weeks after your application has been submitted.

If you are arranging to work as a taxi driver or chauffer in New Westminster you must obtain a Taxi/Chauffer Permit.

How to apply for a Taxi/Chauffeur Permit

**We are unable to receive applications between 1300 and 1400 hrs.**

Please attend the New Westminster Police Department with the following items:

  1. Completed (unsigned) NWPD Taxi/Chauffeur application form (also available from prospective taxi/chauffeur employer). You can download a copy of the NWPD Taxi/Chauffer application form here:
  2. Written proof of prospective employment with a company licensed in the City of New Westminster;
  3. Two (2) passport sized photographs;
  4. Valid BC Driver’s License; and
  5. TaxiHost Pro certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. You can download a copy of the TaxiHost Pro certificate here:

How to renew a Taxi/Chauffeur Permit

Three (3) months prior to the expiration of your current Taxi/Chauffeur Permit, attend the NWPD with all of the items listed above (“How to apply for a Taxi/Chauffeur Permit”).

Late submissions or applications submitted close to your Taxi/Chauffeur Permit expiration date may cause processing delays.

Fingerprint Requirement

If you have a similar or exact name, date of birth, and gender that matches someone with a criminal record, you will be required to submit fingerprints to the RCMP in Ottawa before your application can be completed.

If fingerprints are required, every effort will be made to complete this task at the time of your application submission.  Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, an appointment may need to be scheduled for another day.


  • There is a $10 charge for processing Taxi/Chauffeur Permit applications.

If fingerprints are required, an additional $25 fee will be charged.