New private hire driver's licence

Before we can grant a private hire driver's licence we must be satisfied that the applicant is a 'fit and proper' person, is medically fit and has held a UK driving licence for at least 12 months.

The initial stage of the application requires an enhanced DBS application form to be completed. Contact us to book an appointment. For the initial appointment, you will require three pieces of identification and proof of your right to work in the UK. Your DBS application form will be completed and you will be booked onto the next available knowledge test. You will need to pay for the DBS (£44) and knowledge test (£27).

Any new driver arriving at our offices without an appointment will not be seen

To assist us in determining the application, the following documents as well as a private hire driver’s application form and the appropriate fee, need to be submitted:

  1. Enhanced DBS disclosure application form
  2. Identification for the completion of the DBS form (three required)
  3. Proof of right to work
  4. Current full UK or EU driving licence
  5. Local knowledge test pass, arranged through the Council 
  6. Practical driving assessment pass certificate
  7. Safeguarding Vulnerable People & CSE Awareness Training Certificate
  8. Medical certificate (no older than three months)
  9. Eye examination certificate (no older than three months)
  10. Completed DVLA mandate form
  11. Passport-style colour photo which must reflect your current image.

Once you have received your DBS certificate back and have all the above documentation, you can submit your application form, original supporting documentation and relevant fee at reception. There is no need to take a ticket. Reception will copy your original documents. The fee can be paid at the payment machines located in reception.

As we will not receive a copy of your DBS certificate, you must provide the original certificate with your application. Reception will take a copy and return the original to you.

Any applicant who has not been registered in the UK for at least five years at the point of application will be required to submit a certificate of good conduct or similar document from the relevant embassy before an application will be considered valid. This certificate must be in English and the applicant will be responsible for any fees incurred in obtaining the certificate.

An application will only be considered valid once all the above items have been received. We aim to determine valid applications within 10 working days of receiving them

All the forms (except the DBS form and the Private Hire Licensing Policy) (pdf, 326kb) are in the private hire driver application pack. (pdf, 296kb)

Annual online criminal record check

We carry out an annual criminal record check and require that all licensed drivers are signed up to the DBS online checking service. You must sign up within 19 days of the date of your DBS certificate. Further information will be provided at your initial DBS appointment. 

You must retain your DBS certificate as this will be required to carry out the annual online check of your criminal record.

On an annual basis, we will contact you to carry out an online check. The letter will provide further details of the procedure. You will be required to make an appointment to submit your DBS certificate, consent form and three pieces of identification. 

Right to work

Your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licence application. This could include us checking your immigration status with the Home Office and we may otherwise share information with them. You must therefore provide a document or document combination that is suitable for this check.

You must provide the original document(s) indicated in the published guidance such as your passport or biometric residence permit so that the check can take place. The document(s) will be copied with the original returned to you and the copy retained by us. 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 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 UK’s immigration laws your licence will lapse and you must return it to us. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.