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Private hire driver licence - new applications

The information on this page is specific to anyone who wishes to obtain a new private hire driver's licence. If you are an existing licence holder who would like to renew their licence, or amend the details of their licence, please see the relevant page from the menu.


Before a Licensing Authority can grant a licence for a private hire driver's licence it must be satisfied that the applicant is a "Fit and Proper" person, they are medically fit, and that they have held a UK driving licence for at least 12 months.

In order to assist the Licensing Authority to determine the above, the applicant is required to submit the following documentation in addition to the prescribed application form, and the applicable fee to support their application.

  1. A current full UK or EU driving licence.
  2. Proof of right to work such as a passport or biometric residence permit.
  3. An enhanced DBS disclosure application form, obtained via the council.
  4. Identification for the completion of the DVS form (three required).
  5. The specified fee.
  6. A medical certificate (no older than three months).
  7. An eye examination certificate (no older than three months).
  8. A completed DVLA mandate form.
  9. A passport style colour photo which must reflect your current image.
  10. A DSA driving assessment pass certificate.
  11. A local knowledge test pass, arranged through the council.

An application will only be considered valid once all the above items have been received. The Licensing Authority can only determine valid applications and will determine the application within 10 working days of receipt of a valid application.

Right to work

Your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licence application, this could include the Licensing Authority checking your immigration status with the Home Office. We may otherwise share information with the Home Office. You must therefore provide a document or document combination that is stipulated as being suitable for this check. You must provide the original document(s), such as your passport or biometric residence permit, as indicated in the 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. Your application will not be considered valid until all the necessary information and original document(s) have been produced and the relevant fee has been paid.

If there are any restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will not be issued for any longer than this period. In such circumstances, the check will be repeated each time you apply to renew or extend your licence. If, during this period, you are disqualified from holding a licence because you have not complied with the UKís immigration laws, your licence will lapse and you must return it to the Licensing Authority. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Further information

An application pack is attached to this page, which contains all the forms mentioned above (with the exception of the DBS application form) that you will need to complete, along with the Private Hire Licensing Policy, which contains more information on the application procedure.

In order to submit your application form, you must make an appointment with the Licensing Department so that your application form can be checked and the DBS application form completed. You can contact the Licensing Department on the details below in order to make an appointment. Any new driver turning up at the council offices without an appointment will not be seen.

If you have any further questions regarding applying for a private hire driver's licence, please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing department.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595716, 01283 595724 or 01283 595890

page ref: SDDC 612a

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