How to apply or renew a licence to be a driver of a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle
Who can apply?
You can apply to become a taxi driver if you're over 18 years old and have held a full DVLA driving licence for at least 12 months.
You must also:
- be medically fit
- pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- pass a driving standards test
- pass our knowledge test
- prove your right to work within the UK - find out how on our right to licence check page
Apply to be a driver
You can apply to be a taxi driver online. You can now track the progress of your application through registering for our My Account service.
You'll be able to view personalised information, including your renewal date and the details we hold for your licence.
Registering for an account is easy and will allow you to securely access our services 24/7.
To apply for a taxi driver licence you'll need:
- a debit card or credit card for the fee (you'll need to pay the licence fee, and also the fee for the knowledge test)
- DVLA driving licence number
- National Insurance number
Afterwards, you'll need to contact us to book a 15 minute appointment to bring in your supporting documents*
*Alongside your application you'll need to supply:
- a passport sized photo (that has been certified as a true likeness from a non-family member)
- your original driving licence
- the further documents outlined below
Please provide the following supporting documents/information:
With your application, you'll need to provide a medical report. This will need to be completed by a doctor. Once your licence is granted, you'll need to provide a new medical report:
- at the age of 45
- every five years from your 45th birthday
- once a year from the age of 65
As a private hire or taxi driver you'll need to have a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) every three years. This is to check whether you have any criminal convictions that would prevent you from being a taxi driver.
If you would like to apply for your DBS check through us, we can send you an application form. Please contact us to request this.
The fee for the DBS application is £55. It can take up to six weeks for you to receive your DBS back.
Driving assessment and knowledge test
You'll need to have passed a driving standards (DSA) test.
You'll need to also pass our in-house knowledge test. Our knowledge test has questions on:
- basic English and maths
- the Highway Code
- conditions and places of interest
There will be a total of 30 questions. A pass mark of 26/30 (85%) is required. In addition, there's a safeguarding test which involves reading material followed by a test with five questions. The pass mark for the safeguarding test is 100%. The fee for the test is £36 (paid with your taxi driver's application). We'll notify you of your test date.
For guidance on the format of our knowledge test and DSA test, please view our knowledge test guidance document.
Driving licence counterpart
If your driving licence was issued by Northern Ireland or an EU Country other than the UK, you'll need to obtain a driving licence counterpart from the DVLA. You'll need to complete a D9 Counterpart application, and submit this to us.
A Combined Driver Licence is issued for three years and the fee is £125.00.
A one year licensed can be issued (if you have reasons why you only want one year and this has been agreed - please request this in writing). The fee for one year is £74.
You'll also have to pay us a fee for your knowledge test, and your DBS (if you’re applying for it through us). Our full list of fees can be found at the bottom of this page.
Before your licence expires you'll need to apply to renew it.
We'll send you a letter to remind you to renew your licence. The letter will give you instructions on the renewal process.