Becoming a chauffeur and driving a limousine in Pennsylvania can be your dream job. But it is prudent to know what type of license is required in the state before getting into a limousine and driving fares. The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles provides the answers to these questions.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is responsible for the operation of limousines in the state of Pennsylvania and oversees compliance with the rules and regulations. The commission defines limousines as a luxury vehicle that seats no more than 10 passengers, not including the driver. The minimum requirements for the vehicle include air conditioning, AM/FM stereo radio, deluxe upholstery and wheels, four doors and a minimum wheelbase of 109 inches. There are mandatory insurance coverage limits and safety regulations.
Although many states may require a chauffer license to drive a limousine, according to DMV.org, the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles indicates there is no requirement for a chauffer license in its state. There is also no requirement to possess any type of a special license or a commercial license to drive a limo. However, you will still be required to possess a valid Class C Pennsylvania license in order to drive.
The requirements for a Class C license can vary depending on your age. If you are under 18, you must possess a permit for six months and take a driving class. This requirement is waived if you are over the age of 18. If you are a new driver, you will need to bring several items with you before the DMV administers the test. You will need to complete a noncommercial learner's permit application with proof of identity from the accepted list of ID forms, Social Security card and two acceptable proofs of residency with a check or money order in the amount of $5 for the permit fee. For those under 18, a completed parent or guardian consent form is required.
There are both written and practical driving tests. The written test consists of 18 questions and requires a correct answer on 15 for a passing score. After passing the written test, you can schedule the driving test, which requires an advance appointment. Bring a car with proof of insurance and registration to the test site along with your current learner's permit and the license of the person who drove with you to the exam site.