Driver's Licence - Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle

What do I need to know?

Please note:

  • Persons who are in possession of a current Hackney Carriage Drivers licence can drive both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles.
  • Persons who are in possession of a current Private Hire Drivers licence can drive Private Hire Vehicles only.

Applicants must be:

  • over 21
  • have held a full driver's licence (issued by DVLA or European Union Country) for 12 months minimum
  • obtain a check code from DVLA so that your driving record can be checked

In addition to the application form and full fee £307, you will need:

Additional Information

  • Note to Drivers, December 2016
  • Terms and Conditions - Hackney Carriage Drivers | Private Hire Drivers
  • Licences expire on the expiry date shown on the licence.
  • Drivers and proprietors must ensure that applications to renew licences are submitted at least one month before the current expiry date. The Council is not able to override this legal requirement.
  • Drivers must notify the council, in writing and within 7 days, if they acquire any points on their driving licence, or they change their address.
  • Drivers should return their badge to the Council upon renewal or if they stop working for a private hire operator.
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS formerly CRB) checks are required every three years, the council will send out courtesy reminders but it is the drivers responsibility to make sure their DBS form is sent off to give it enough time to come back before the badge expires. A DBS check must be valid for minimum of 10 months of the duration of the licence.
  • Medical examinations can last for up to three years, but this is dependent on the doctors' evaluation of the driver.
  • Drivers over 65 years will be required to have a medical every year.

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