Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver's Licence

    A licence is required before any person can drive a licensed private hire vehicle.

    Before a licence is granted the applicant must satisfy the Council that:

    • He/she is a fit and proper person to hold a licence;
    • He/she is medically fit;  
    • He/she has held a full driver's licence (not a provisional licence) granted to the applicant under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1972 authorising him/her to drive a motor car for at least twelve months prior to the date of the application;
    • He/she must pass an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service Check (DBS) to ensure safety to the public

    Once the application form has been completed, you need to make an appointment to visit our Offices, bringing with you the following documentation:

    • The completed application form.
    • Your DVLA Driving Licence (original - not a photocopy) showing your current address.
    • Your passport or birth certificate.
    • Two colour passport type photographs taken within the last month.
    • Fee (see application pack below)

    Applications will not be accepted without production of the above.

    An application pack can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

    Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Drivers Knowledge Test Information Pack (pdf  96kb)

    Private Hire Hackney Carriage Driver Conditions (pdf 85kb)

    A Guide to Applying for a Disclosure (pdf 128kb)

    Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles and Operators Licence Fees 

    Upon production of the completed forms at your appointment at the Civic Centre, your DBS form will be verified and sent to the Disclosure and Barring Service for them to check your records.  Please be aware that we normally allow approximately up to 6-8 weeks for this to be completed and returned.  The form will be sent to you and it is your responsibility to bring this to our reception within 30 days of receiving it.  You must also sign up to the DBS Update Service within 30 days of the date of your DBS certificate.

    An appointment will also be confirmed with you to sit your knowledge test.  These take place very 2 weeks on a Thursday afternoon at 2pm.

    You will also be required to undergo a driving assessment - please see here for more information and the booking details.

    Once each element of the application process has been passed, your dual badge driving licence will be issued to you and you are able to start driving.

    Please see flowchart under 'Related Documents' for more details on the application process.  It is worth noting that should you decide to withdraw your application for whatever reason at any stage, a full refund will not be given and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    If you have any questions about the above information, please feel free to contact us on the contact details at the top of this page.

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