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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:

  • New Private Hire, Hackney Carriage or Dual driver licence (3 year licence) = £134.92
  • Group II medical from your family Doctor = £60.00-£140.00 approx 
  • DBS check = £44.00
  • Additional Fee for Online DBS processing = £9.60 
  • Statutory declaration from your solicitor = £5.00 approx 
  • If you fail the Knowledge Test there is a £15.83 re-sit fee 

Other miscellaneous fees may apply:

  • Replacement drivers badge = £15.83
  • Duplicate licence = £15.83


DBS Enhanced Disclosure Forms

All applicants are required to complete an online DBS Disclosure application. The online application service is much quicker than the postal service and costs an additional £9.60 per disclosure.

To use this service you will need to be provided with login details. These details will only be provided on appointment at which point you will be able log onto personnelcheck (external link) to complete the form.


Data Protection

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 our Privacy Notice (PDF, 62Kb).

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.

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Licensing Team

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01695 577177

West Lancashire Borough Council
Licensing Service
Robert Hodge Centre
Stanley Way