Apply for a taxi licence


Taxi driving licence

You can apply for a hackney carriage licence, private hire licence, or dual-driver licence, which means you can drive both hackney cabs and private hire vehicles

Who can apply

You must:

  • be over 21 years old
  • hold a full UK or EU/EEA driving licence and have held it for 12 continuous months before the date of your application
  • have no unspent criminal convictions during the previous 10 years
  • have permission to work in the UK if you are not a British citizen or a citizen of an EEA country

You'll also need to apply for a taxi vehicle licence if you wish to use your own vehicle.

How much it costs

ApplicationFee
Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle£127
Dual driver£173
Knowledge test£60
Replacement driver's badge£20

Validity

Licences last for 2 years. We will automatically send you a renewal letter before your licence is due to expire.

How to apply

First, you'll need to pass a knowledge test

There are separate tests for hackney carriage, and private hire driver licences. Download and read the guidance below.

pdf icon Hackney Knowledge Test guidance notes [178kb]
pdf icon Private Hire Knowledge Test guidance notes [157kb]

How to book and pay for your test

Phone 01303 853660 to book an appointment.

You will need to pay the £60 fee for the test at the same time as making the appointment.

After passing the knowledge test

We will ask you to:

  • complete an application form
  • have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • have a Group 2 medical test by a doctor of your choice
  • provide a copy of your full UK or EU/EEA driving licence, showing your residential address

What happens next?

After submitting your application form and the required supporting information, we aim to process your application in 5 working days.

If we grant your licence, we will send it to you along with a driver's badge.