Private Hire Driver's Licences
A licence is required before any person can drive a Private Hire Vehicle. Private Hire Vehicles cannot ply for hire in the street or at taxi ranks. Journeys must be pre-booked, normally by phone, via an app, or in person at a cab office.
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 attained the age of 21 years;
- 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 can demonstrate adequate knowledge of the local area;
- he/she has the right to work in the UK
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)
- your passport or birth certificate
- your National Insurance number
- fees - currently £117 initial fee*, renewal £86.
Your application will not be accepted without production of the above.
New drivers will also be asked to undertake the following processes. We advise drivers to begin these processes after their initial appointment with a Licensing Officer, as we do not wish applicants to incur unnecessary costs should their application be refused for any reason.
- A Driving Assessment - New applicants are required to pass a taxi driving assessment with the Blue Lamp Trust.
- A Criminal Records Check - All new and existing drivers and required to obtain an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check from Personnel Checks. Once the driver has received their enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, they must supply it to the Licensing Department. If any driver is unable to apply online for their enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate using the online service, please contact the Licensing Team on 01962 848 188.
- Safeguarding Training - All new drivers are required to undertake safeguarding training. To book your place please click here.
A Medical Assessment - All new drivers are required to undergo a medical assessment with a medical practitioner to ensure that they meet the criteria for Group 2 vocational drivers licence. The medical practitioner undertaking the assessment must have full access to the patient's medical records. IMPORTANT Regarding Medicals - we strongly advise drivers not to undergo their medical assessment until all other criteria have been met. This is because your medical could expire while waiting to complete all application requirements. A medical report must be no older than 28 days from its date of issue when seen by the licensing authority, the medical will only be viewed after all other application criteria has been met and received by The Licensing Department.
The Medical Report form is available to be downloaded on the right-hand side of this page.
Documentation proving that the above processes have been undertaken must be seen by the Licensing Department prior to the issue of a Licence.
* Please note, application fees can be paid online here under 'Miscellaneous Payments', or at the payment kiosk in the Main Reception at City Offices.