Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Driver Licence Application & Information

The application process for taxi driver licences is the same for both hackney carriage and private hire. You may apply for a dual licence. Applicants must be 21 years old have held a valid, full GB driving licence for a minimum of 12 months.

Licences are issued for a maximum period of 3 years, but we may grant licences for a shorter period if deemed appropriate.

Any person applying for two driver’s licences at the same time, i.e. a hackney driver’s licence and a private hire driver’s licence will be entitled to a discount of £45.

To apply for a licence, you must have the following in place, before booking an appointment:

  • Proof of right to work in the UK
  • An Enhanced DBS
  • Confirmation that you have subscribed to the DBS Update Service
  • HMRC check
  • A Safeguarding & Child Exploitation Training certificate
  • Passed the Safer Cabbying test
  • A driving licence
  • Subscribed to Davis for DVLA checks
  • Completed medical form
  • A recent passport size photograph
  • Your own personal email address

Please read our Taxi policy which expands on the above and provides the links you will need along with a list of our fees. You can make your payment online.

We recommend that you apply for your DBS and book the Safeguarding course first as these can take time. Once in place, arrange to take your Safer Cabbying test and book your medical with your GP. Right to Work and Tax Codes can also be obtained at this point.

To book an appointment please call 01282 425011 during office hours.

It is an offence to drive a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle without the appropriate licence. Before granting a licence the individual must satisfy the Licensing Authority that they are a fit and proper person to hold such a licence. The assessment of fitness and propriety on application is based on the information provided in the application process. Driver behaviour, any change in circumstances or information coming to light after a licence is granted may result in a formal review of the licence which could lead to suspension or revocation.

Once we have a verified your application, we will contact you to let you know that your badge is ready for collection. If we require any information to supplement you application, we will email you.

Please chose an option below to access the application form and guidance notes.

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