Apply for Hackney, Private Hire or Driver Licence

Read all the guidance notes, conditions and policies before completing and submitting an application. View all application fees (PDF, 62KB, 1 page). View the current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (PDF, 0.85MB, 16 pages) .

Driver Application

Applicants for a hackney carriage/private hire driver need to complete a form. A criminal record check is required. You can apply for one through UCheck. You will need to provide your first name, last name and email address to Licensing for access to UCheck. Once access has been given, three Identification documents are required to be uploaded from the list (PDF, 0.2MB, 3 pages).

You also need to have a Group 2 medical examination through your GP, Occupational Health, St Mary's Hospital (phone 01983 552530), or a Medical Practitioner.

A knowledge test needs to be completed which is currently being carried out via a Microsoft Teams video call. View an example of the test (PDF, 102KB, 3 pages). Before applying, read the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Licence Conditions (PDF, 80KB, 3 pages) and the Policy Relating to the Relevance of Convictions (PDF, 220KB, 8 pages). Use the forms to apply:

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application

All Hackney Carriage (Taxi) Vehicles require a licence, read the Hackney Carriage Proprietor Conditions (PDF, 75KB, 4 pages)  before submitting an application. View the form (PDF, 243KB, 2 pages). 

Private Hire Operator and Vehicle Applications

A Private Hire Operator's Licence is needed for the operator to invite or accept bookings for private hire vehicles. Each vehicle is required to have a Private Hire Vehicle licence. Read the Private Hire Operator Conditions (PDF, 0.4MB, 2 pages) and Private Hire Vehicle Conditions ((PDF, 84KB, 4 pages)  before submitting.