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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
  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.

Further information

An application pack can be found in the related documents section, 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

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

The following document is in Word format. You can download software to view Word documents for free from the Word viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.

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