Substitute taxi driver

Individuals who want to drive a taxi owned or held by a taxi operator need a taxi driving permit from Samgöngustofa/The Icelandic Transport Authority (ICETRA). The permit is valid for five years.

Application for substitute taxi driver

Requirements for the permit

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age
  • General driving license for at least three years (B-category)
  • Commercial driving license (B-far)
  • Taxi driving permit course (where the applicant also has to pass a test)
  • Good reputation, that is, the applicant has not been guilty of criminal behaviour (criminal record)
  • Work permit within the European Economic Area (EEA)

Supporting documents (required attachments)

  • Copy of driver's license (both sides)
  • Criminal record: ICETRA obtains information from the prosecution authority to confirm a good reputation
  • Recent electronic photo for the license
  • Copy of a valid identity document confirming citizenship within the European Economic Area (e.g. driving license or passport)
  • Individuals with citizenship outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must present a residence and work permit


The cost of a permit for substitute taxi drivers is according to the tariff of Samgöngustofa/ICETRA

Note that the cost of the required courses and documents must be obtained from the relevant parties.

Further information

You can read more about permits in Article 5 of the law on taxi driving no. 120/2022

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