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No person shall drive a taxicab on a full time or part time basis for a taxicab operator who is regulated by this chapter unless such driver first obtains a taxicab driver’s license from the licensing officer. Such license shall be valid until December 31st of the year of its issuance, and is not transferable. The requirements for obtaining such a license are as follows:

A. The applicant must complete a license application form provided by the licensing officer;

B. The applicant must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles;

C. The applicant must be at least eighteen years of age;

D. The applicant must submit to an investigation under the direction of the Chief of Police with regard to his driving record and his record of criminal arrests and convictions, and must receive a favorable recommendation from the Chief of Police as a person with experience, competence, and character consistent with the high standard expected of a taxicab driver. The Chief of Police shall not require photographs or fingerprints to be taken of any applicant, and shall make his recommendation within a reasonable time after receiving a driver’s application. (Ord. 1202, 1973)