Drivers - private hire and hackney carriage
If you are interested in becoming a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage driver, you must book an appointment with the Licensing Service.
You are advised to read the Council's taxi licensing policy to ensure you are aware of the Council's requirements. However, if you require any additional information before making an appointment, please contact the Licensing Service using the contact details below.
Once you have booked an appointment an application pack will be sent out to you, this pack provides all the necessary forms and information you will need to submit your application. All of the forms must be fully completed and brought with you at the time of your appointment.
Please note: All applicants are required to complete a statutory declaration, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and DVLA Mandate as part of the application process. Based on the results and in accordance with the Council's taxi licensing policy, it may be necessary for you to attend the Council's Licensing & Appeals Committee to determine your application. The Licensing Team will inform you if this is necessary.
Cost of licences
The following are required as part of your application:
- Private Hire driver licence (3 year licence) = £148.28
- Hackney Carriage driver licence (3 year licence) = £148.28
- Group II medical from your family Doctor = £60.00-£140.00 approx
- DBS check = £44.00
- Additional Fee for Online DBS checks = £8.00
- DVLA check = £5.00
- Statutory declaration from your solicitor = £5.00 approx
- If you fail the Knowledge Test there is a £16.48 re-sit fee
Other miscellaneous fees may apply:
- Replacement drivers badge = £16.48
- Duplicate licence = £16.48
DBS Enhanced Disclosure Forms
All applicants must ensure that they complete the DBS disclosure form correctly. Failure to do so will delay your application, as Officers will not submit any incorrect or incomplete forms to the DBS.
Applicants have the option to use an online DBS Disclosure application instead of the DBS postal service. The online application service is significantly quicker than the postal service and will reduce waiting times from 3-4 weeks to 7 to 10 days if there are no convictions or other matters on the Disclosure. This service will cost an additional £8.00 per Disclosure.
As part of the application process, all applicants are required to provide details of all convictions, cautions and fines that may have accrued over time. All such offences should be disclosed regardless of age. The Council will verify this information by checking the specific declaration with the details held by the DBS and DVLA. The Council will handle such data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the principles laid down by the Information Commissioner's Office and the Council's Data Retention and Disposal Schedule.
The data is used as part of the statutory application process to determine whether applicants are a 'fit and proper' person to hold the respective licence. This process may include the information being presented to the Council's Licensing and Appeals Committee for determination. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act, the Council is the Data Controller and the Data Protection Officer is the Senior Admin and Electoral Services Officer, who can be contacted on 01695 577177.
National Fraud Initiative - Fair Processing Notice
This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information provided on Private Hire driver licence application forms for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information see our National Fraud Initiative page.