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Administrative procedures

How to Get a Taxi License in Barcelona

Written by Rachel G

Taxis are a great way to get around Barcelona. They’re reliable, affordable, and one of the quickest ways to get to your destination. With so many locals and tourists moving around the city on a daily basis, there’s a huge demand for taxi drivers in the city. If you’re interested in getting a taxi license in Barcelona, here’s everything you need to know about the process and administrative procedures.

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Requirements & Procedure

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If you want to be a taxi driver in Barcelona, you first need to be in possession of a professional taxi driver’s license issued by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. To get the license, you will first have to pass both a theoretical and practical test. These tests are offered at certain times of year in the city; you can find the 2018 test calendar and prices here.

There are also certain linguistic requirements that taxi drivers must meet. Applicants from regions in Spain outside of Catalonia or other Spanish-speaking countries must submit an official linguistic certificate stating that they have obtained at least an A2 level in Catalan. Applicants from non-Spanish-speaking countries must submit a certificate for having achieved a B1 level of one of the two official languages in Catalonia (Spanish or Catalan) and an A2 level of the other.

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In order to sign up to take the exams for the Barcelona taxi license, you must first provide the following documentation after completing the various tests:

After providing all the required documentation, you will be able to take the official taxi license exams and obtain your Barcelona taxi license as soon as you get your results. If you need any help in the process, you can find a list of official taxi driving schools in Barcelona here along with any additional information from the official website that you may need.

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About the author

Rachel G

Originally from the United States, Rachel has been living in Spain since 2014. After two years in Madrid, she moved to Barcelona in 2016 to pursue her passions in writing and photography. She spends her free time enjoying life in beautiful Barcelona and traveling around Europe as much as possible.


    • Hi Farhad, yes you can.

      The way it works is that taxis can be owned by individuals or by companies, up to a maximum of 50 taxi licenses. The credential to drive a taxi is something separate, with the credential you don’t have to own a taxi but you can still drive one. So, when talking about the taxi license we are referring to the vehicle and with the credential referring to the additional license that allows you drive a taxi. Of course you are better off with both, that allows you to drive your own taxi.

      • Hi Pablo, I have a Swedish TAXI driving license. I want to move to Spain. I was wondering if I can convert my Swedish taxi license to Spanish taxi license and start working here in Spain? Please guide me. Thank you.

  • ¿Puede decirme el nombre del libro desde donde puedo leer todo sobre la tarifa y el mapa?

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