Apply for a taxi or private hire licence

1. Who can apply for a licence?

Important Note: Our application process is changing early 2024. The changes will require drivers to submit all their relevant documents 'up front' at the time of their applications. This is aimed to make the overall application process simpler and quicker for our drivers. 

To apply for a private hire driver’s licence you must:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Hold a UK or equivalent driving licence for at least 12 months
  • Have access to a valid email address

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 see the full application process and apply 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:

Please note: In addition to supplying a completed Medical Form, all applicants with diabetes mellitus which is controlled with Insulin or managed by the way of tablets that carry a risk of inducing hypoglycaemia, are required to provide a declaration form regarding their diabetes mellitus. Please email to request a 'Diabetes Declaration Form'.