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
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:
- Original and photocopy of DNI or NIE
- Original and photocopy of Driver’s License B that is one year old at the time of application
- Original and photocopy of a psychophysical report issued by a Centro de Reconocimiento de Conductores accredited by the Servei Català de Trànsit (The report must include the code of the center.)
- The linguistic certificates (mentioned above) that correspond to your situation
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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