How to Become a Limo Driver or Chauffeur

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If you can get the right gig, being a limo driver can be quite exciting.

One day you might have a professional athlete with his or her agent in your backseat, traveling to an important press conference, while another day you could have a Fortune 500 business person as a passenger, taking him or her to or from the airport.

But becoming a limo driver or chauffeur is not as easy as applying for a job with your driver's license in hand.

If your driving record has enough bumps in the road, chances are an employer will pass you over. You'll also need basic knowledge of traffic laws, local and regional travel routes, and some history of the region you are driving in.

According to ehow.com, here are some other tidbits you'll need before turning on the engine and hitting the road with passengers in tow:

  • Most states have an extensive process that could involve criminal background checks, medical report, passing driving tests, and acquiring a commercial driver's license to transport at least 16 passengers (yourself included).
  • Many states also require drivers to acquire a chauffeur's license. That is granted after completing and passing a drug test and written exam on local regulations and geography.
Chauffeur quick facts
2012 median pay $22,820 per year 
$10.97 per hour
Entry-level education Less than high school
Work experience in a similar occupation None
On-the-job training Short-term on-the-job training
Employment change, 2012-22 36,200
Job outlook, 2012-22 16% (Faster than average)
Source: U.S. Bureau of Statistics  

OccupationEmploymentLargest Occupations in Taxi and Limousine Service, May 201350,1208,6201,6901,5001,4901,4901,3601,120870840Taxi Drivers and ChauffeursDispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and AmbulanceOffice Clerks, GeneralAutomotive Service Technicians and MechanicsReservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and TravelClerksCustomer Service RepresentativesFirst-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle OperatorsGeneral and Operations ManagersBookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing ClerksCleaners of Vehicles and Equipment010,00020,00030,00040,00050,00060,000Source: Bureau of Labor StatisticsExport to raster or vector imagePrint the chart
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