If you are planning a career in the Taxi trade and you wish to drive either a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage vehicle you need to obtain a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver licence issued by this authority. You will need to contact the Licensing Department to obtain an application pack.
Before a licence is granted we have a duty to ensure that the applicant is a 'fit and proper' person. This is assessed in the following ways:
he/she is medically fit
he/she has attained the age of 21 years
he/she has held a full driver's licence (not a provisional licence) granted to the applicant under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1972 authorising him/her to drive a motor car for at least twelve months prior to the date of the application
he/she must pass an enhanced criminal record check carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure safety to the public
Please view the council's guidance to Relevant Convictions under related documents on this page.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
When you apply for a grant of a drivers licence, you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) form. With your DBS form, you will need to provide original documentation which must be evidenced by an Officer at the Council.
The DBS form will be accompanied by details of the identification documents required. At least three separate documents are to be submitted.
Please be aware that we normally allow approximately up to 8 weeks from receipt of your application for return of these checks as this is the average time that they take.
Before applying applicants should first read the policy and conditions relating to Hackney Carriage/Private Hire (386 kb pdf) drivers to ensure they fully understand the requirements relating to drivers.
You should contact the Licensing Department to obtain an application pack on 01823 356343.
Once the application form has been completed, you need to make an appointment to visit our offices, bringing with you the following documentation:
the completed application form
your DVLA Driving Licence showing your current address
1 colour passport type photograph taken within the last month
the relevant fee (see the schedule of fees under useful links on this page)
completed DBS form and ID documentation listed in the accompanying document
Medical Certificate (the form is available under related documents)
Taxi test pass certificate from approved tester as per application pack
Change of Details
If you move house or change your name for any reason, you must notify the Council of those changes. You may use the form under related documents for this purpose.
For further information or guidance please fill in the general enquiry form on the right hand side of this page or contact customer services on 01643 703704.
It should be noted that this authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you provide in the application form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share the information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.