Apply for a taxi or private hire license

1. Who can apply for a licence?

To apply for a private hire driver’s licence you must be at least 21 years old and must have held a UK or equivalent driving licence for at least 12 months and have access to a valid email address. Once you have applied for a licence, the Council will undertake checks to ensure you are a fit and proper person to be licensed as a private hire driver.

Please see the links above to apply for your relevant licence.

Before applying for a licence you should read the following documents which explain the Council's policy for licensing drivers;

Licensed drivers must meet a high medical standard which is the same as the current DVLA Group 2 medical standard for vocational drivers;

Applicants will need to pass a knowledge test to show they have the necessary skills in order to work as a licensed driver.

Please be aware we are currently experiencing high volumes of private hire driver applications and have noted that many drivers are failing the knowledge tests several times. This is resulting in approximately a 3 month waiting time for knowledge tests.

The application process may take several months after you have completed your knowledge test still. We would advise you to only start the application process if you are prepared for this delay. In addition, we strongly advise you to study thoroughly for your knowledge test so that you pass first time and avoid the need to book further tests. 

Further information and guidance on this can be found on our Knowledge Test page.