Taxi licence

New driver licence applications

The following documents must be submitted by applicants for a new combined hackney carriage / private hire driver licence. Please read the hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy (PDF 90.8KB) for guidance before making an application:

  • completed application form
  • Knowledge test pass certificate
  • Group II medical certificate
  • completed DBS application together with appropriate identity documents
  • DSA or CBC taxi or private hire pass certificate
  • valid Driving Licence
  • completed DVLA Mandate
  • evidence of entitlement to work in the UK
  • appropriate fee

If the application is withdrawn or refused, the fee will be refunded minus the current administration fee. Where an application is refused and is subject to an appeal, further charges will be incurred by the council and no refund will be given.

Where a payment is not honoured, the processing of the application will cease immediately until the fees have been cleared. Any additional bank charges incurred by the council must be paid by the applicant.

Renewals

The following documents must be submitted by applicants wishing to renew their licences:

  • completed renewal application form
  • Group II medical certificate (if required)
  • completed DBS application together with appropriate identity documents (if required)
  • valid Driving Licence
  • completed DVLA Mandate (if required)
  • evidence of ongoing entitlement to work in the UK, if necessary
  • appropriate fee

Existing licence holders must apply to renew their licence in good time. Please allow at least 10 days to enable licensing staff to issue a renewal licence.  Any application received by the council after the expiry date of the present licence will be deemed to be a new application and not a renewal of an existing licence.

Any applicant who presents a cheque which is not honoured will have the licence immediately suspended and this will be subsequently be revoked unless the payment is honoured within seven days of the driver being advised by the council. Any additional bank charges incurred by the council must be paid by the driver.

Application form and guidance notes

Drivers application form (PDF 27.4KB)

Drivers' conditions (PDF 10.2KB)

Knowledge test revision guide (PDF 2.2MB)

Knowledge test application form (PDF 13.6KB)

Criminal conviction policy (PDF 31.6KB)

Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy (PDF 90.8KB)

For an application pack, you can also visit the council offices:

Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

Watling House
High Street North
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6 1AF

Or call us on 0300 300 8647.

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