You need a licence from us to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle.

How do I apply for a taxi or private hire driver’s licence?

To drive a taxi or private hire vehicle you must:

  • be at least 18 years old

  • have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months

  • have the right to work in the UK

  • be able to understand and speak English.

Before you submit your application

Before you submit your licence application you will need to:

  • take a driver assessment test with the Blue Lamp Trust. You can book a test online or by calling them on 03337 000157 between 9.30am and 3pm.

  • make sure you have a good knowledge of:

    • our taxi bye-laws

    • the conditions relating to taxi and private hire licences (see sections 7-11 of the application pack)

    • the geography of the district

  • have a medical examination (when we advise you to) to ensure you are fit to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle. You will have to pay the fee for the medical.

  • obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Records Check. You need to make an appointment with us to obtain and complete the DBS check.

  • obtain a statement of good conduct if you have lived or worked outside the UK in the five years before your application. The statement must be in English and be provided by the relevant Embassy or police force in the country where you lived/worked. You must arrange, supply and pay for the statement.

Submitting your application

When you submit your application for a licence you must:

  • disclose any criminal convictions (including official cautions or warnings) or motoring convictions (including any fixed penalty tickets for road traffic offences)

  • provide a certificate from a licensed operator stating that you will be employed by him/her as a taxi or private hire vehicle driver

  • prove your identity by providing original documents that confirm your:

    • your name

    • date of birth

    • current address (and address history for the last five years)

    • National Insurance number

  • produce your driving licence

  • provide a passport-sized photograph that was taken in the last month

We are introducing the use of electronic scanners to check and verify identity documents from all customers applying to access council services. We will scan documents with a product called Trust ID. You can find further information about Trust ID on their website.

Further information on how to apply and other requirements for taxi and private hire drivers can be found in the New Drivers Licence Application Pack.

Apply for a New Taxi or Private Hire Driver's Licence
Apply to Renew a Taxi or Private Hire Driver's Licence

Fees

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Licence Fee
Initial licence issue, including driver's badge      £81
Licence renewal, including driver's badge £46
Replacement driver's badge £7
DBS check £44

Does tacit consent apply?

No. For public safety reasons we must process your application before it can be granted.