Licensing Taxis

Applying for a Licence

Hackney Carriage, Private Hire and Driver Application Guidance

Please read all the guidance notes, conditions and policies before completing and submitting an application. All application fees are available here (PDF, 17KB, 1 page), the current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy can be viewed here (PDF, 189 KB, 15 pages).

Driver Application

Applicants for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver's Licence need to complete an application form and DVLA mandate form. A criminal record check will be carried out online at Jubilee Stores to do this an appointment is required and can be made by telephoning 01983 823159. For the criminal record check please bring a valid passport, both parts of your driving licence and National Insurance Number along with documentation from the list found here (PDF, 62KB, 2 pages) which confirms your current address, details of your residential address for the past five years are required.

Applicants are also required to have a medical examination, the examination can be carried out by your own GP or at Occupational Health, St Mary's Hospital (telephone 01983 552530), all medical examinations will need to screened by Occupational Health, the fee is currently £55.00.

A knowledge test needs to be completed, an appointment is required and can be made by telephoning 01983 823159 an example of the test can be found here (PDF, 23KB, 3 pages). Before applying please read these documents Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Licence Conditions  (PDF, 81KB, 3 pages) and the Policy Relating to the Relevance of Convictions (PDF, 209KB, 8 pages).

Please click below to open the forms:

Driver Application Form  (PDF, 245KB, 2 pages)

DVLA Mandate Form (PDF, 447KB, 2 pages)

Medical Examination Form (PDF, 388KB, 10pages)

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application

All Hackney Carriage (Taxi) Vehicles require a licence, please read the Hackney Carriage Proprietor Conditions (PDF, 76KB, 4 pages) before submitting an application. Please click here (PDF, 117KB, 2 pages) for the application form.

Private Hire Operator and Vehicle Applications

A Private Hire Operator's Licence is required to enable an operator to invite or accept bookings for private hire vehicles, each vehicle is required to have a Private Hire Vehicle licence. Please read the Private Hire Operator Conditions (PDF, 141KB, 2 pages) and Private Hire Vehicle Conditions (PDF, 85KB, 4 pages) before submitting an application, please click below to open the application forms required.

Private Hire Operators Application Form (PDF, 117KB, 2 pages)

Private Hire Vehicle Application Form (PDF, 118KB, 2 pages)