Become a Driver

Want to be a private hire driver?

Cheap Cabs offers full training to help you become a private hire driver.
There are 2 ways of joining the industry as an owner driver or as a driver, you may also wish to work full time or on a casual basis/weekends. You can use your own car/ van or hire a company vehicle.


To become a private hire driver you need a passenger endorsement on your license. To get an endorsement you need to have held a full licence for 2 years, no medical conditions that affect professional driving, and no major criminal or driving convictions.

  • Hold Full NZ licence for 2 years
  • Medical certificate (driving)
  • Pass a full driving test (if not tested in the past 5 years)
  • Land transport vetting
  • Cost $ 90.00

Time frame for processing (land transport) 10 working days. Drivers can work on a casual basis and earn up to $30 per hour of driving or can hire a vehicle and earn greater income.


Owner driver

Owner drivers require a passenger endorsement as laid out above, and a passenger service licence.

NB: Both driving and owners licences can be done at the same time.

How it works:
If you have your own vehicle you pay Cheap Cabs 20% of the value of jobs you are given. Our fares are GST (inclusive if any) so if you have an income of under $60,000 per annum you do not have to be GST registered.

What sort of Car can I use:

You can use any Make of vehicle as long as it is no older than 10 years, and is large enough to comfortably carry 4 or more passengers and 3 checked luggage.
Your Vehicle requires a COF (the commercial version of a WOF)
As your Vehicle will be operating as a commercial vehicle you will need suitable insurance.

Contact Us now!

PHONE 09 621 0505
EMAIL with your name and any questions you have and we will get straight back to you.