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Taxi and private hire licensing

Hackney carriage and private hire driver licence

A licence is required before any person can drive a hackney carriage (taxi) or private hire vehicle. The council issues a dual licence to drive hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

A licence is valid for three years however if there are restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will not be issued for any longer than this period.  

How to apply

Please read through the relevant application form carefully to check you meet the conditions before applying.

For a new application:

For a renewal:

The relevant application form must be submitted together with supporting documentation and the fee - currently £242.

Right to work

Your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licensing application, this could include the licensing authority checking your immigration status with the Home Office.  You must therefore provide a document or document combination that is stipulated as being suitable for this check. The list of documents is set out here.  You must bring the original document(s), such as a passport or biometric residence permit as indicated in our published guidance, so that the check can take place.  The document(s) will be copied and the copy retained by the licensing authority. The original document will be returned to you. If there are restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, the check will be repeated each time you apply to renew or extend your licence.  If, during the period, you are disqualified from holding a licence because you have not complied with the UK’s immigration laws, your licence will lapse and you must return it to the licensing authority, failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Coronavirus guidance

Guidance for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Operators

Last updated Thursday, 21st April 2022

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