New Record Check Certificates for Taxis and Limousines
This FAQ is related to the regulatory changes that came into effect on September 16, 2019. This content impacts taxi and limousine licensees.
Taxi and limousine licensees are required to issue Record Check Certificates to their drivers.
Municipal chauffeur permits have been replaced with Record Check Certificates.
A Record Check Certificate Checklist (PDF) is available as a resource for taxi and limousine licensees to assist in determining the eligibility of their drivers. This checklist is a template only in order to help clarify the new driver requirements; licensees can develop their own checklist.
The new Record Check Certificate verifies that a driver has received a police record check and a driving record check and is therefore eligible to safety operate a passenger directed vehicle. Licensees are responsible to determine whether drivers meet the provincial record check requirements. Read more about Passenger Directed Vehicle Driver Requirements.
Expiration of Record Check Certificates
A Record Check Certificate expires 12 months after the later of
- the date on which the police record check was conducted, or
- the date on which the driving record check was conducted
Transition of Municipal Chauffeur's Permits
Drivers with a valid municipal chauffeur’s permit can continue to drive under the validity of the permit until
- the permit expires, or
- until September 2021 (whichever comes first)
These drivers must then meet the new provincial Passenger Directed Vehicle Driver Requirements.
This allows a transitional period for the validity of the permits to faze out and for the new provincial driver requirements to take their place.
Information from a valid municipal chauffeur's permit must be presented in the new Record Check Certificate format for the province to consider it valid. Licensees must oversee this documentation change and ensure all drivers can present information in this new format.
In situations where a municipal chauffeur's permit was issued for more than 12 months (for example, 24 months), a licensee can issue a second Record Check Certificate for the remaining period once the first one expires. Record Check Certificates may only be issued in increments of 12 months.
Information to include on a Record Check Certificate
Licensees are responsible for creating their own Record Check Certificate, but Certificates must include the following information:
- Driver's full legal name
- Driver's photo (similar style to the B.C. Services card, i.e., recent head shot)
- Licensee's legal name
- Expiry date of the Record Check Certificate
- A statement that verifies the driver has met the requirements (or a statement that indicates that the driver is still in possession of a valid municipal chauffeur’s permit)
Licensees can create their own Record Check Certificate or use the sample provided.
If a law enforcement official asks to see a Record Check Certificate, a driver must show it. Licensees must ensure drivers carry a physical copy and display the certificate in a clearly visible place in the vehicle.
We encourage drivers to keep their municipal chauffeur's permit alongside their new Record Check Certificate until the expiry date.
What if a driver is not eligible to drive?
If a company is unable to give a Record Check Certificate to a driver, the company must give written notice to a driver stating this. A company may be unable to issue a Record Check Certificate if
- the driver does not meet the provincial requirements, or
- the licensee is unable to determine driver eligibility
The licensee can contact the Passenger Transportation Branch for clarity on determining driver eligibility.
A driver may submit a Record Review Application to the Registrar of Passenger Transportation for a review of their record if a driver receives notification that they are unable to drive.