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Taxi licence

Apply for a taxi driver licence

Renew your taxi driver licence

Renewal applications should be made no later than 10 working days prior to your licence's expiry date. Any application received after the expiry date of the current licence will be dealth with as a new application (unless we have agreed to hold your badge during the pandemic).

If you pay by a cheque which is not honoured, we will immediately suspend your licence. This will be subsequently be revoked, unless the payment is honoured within seven days of us advising you. Any additional bank charges we incur must be paid by you.

Apply online to renew your taxi driver licence

If you're not currently working, because of coronavirus

If you are an existing driver and are not working due to coronavirus, you do have the option of keeping your badge on hold at the time of renewal. This will allow you to renew your licence once you are able to safely return to work.

To do this:

  • apply online as usual
  • choose "Yes", when asked if you're keeping your renewal application on hold

Please note, we are extremely busy so your application may be delayed.

Vehicle plates and badges

Our offices are closed and as a result, the production of vehicles plates and badges has been suspended until further notice.

When your licence is granted, we'll give you a paper copy, which you will be required to maintain whilst conducting any work, should you need to present proof.

Important: You are required to adhere to any current government guidance, in relation to coronavirus. You must ensure that, if you or a member of your household are infected, you follow the appropriate steps in preventing further exposure. In doing so, you must tell us immediately of any changes to your health that would impact your ability to operate as a licenced driver.

Apply for a new taxi driver licence

Knowledge tests and private hire driver licences suspended, due to coronavirus

During this unprecedented time, we have taken the decision to suspend new applications for knowledge tests and combined hackney carriage and private hire driver licences. This is because we're unable to offer knowledge tests, CSE training and driving assessments at this time.

We will keep these matters under review. If you have any queries, please contact a member of our licensing team.

The government's guidance for transport operators includes self-employed taxi and private hire drivers.

How to apply for a taxi driver licence

To apply for a driver licence, you'll need to take a knowledge test.

To do this:

We'll then contact you to arrange a suitable date and time for you to take the test.

For further information on our requirements, please download our hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy (PDF 510.8KB)  for guidance before making an application.

All documents provided with your application must be valid and up to date. Failure to provide sufficient documentation will result In your application being refused.

If your application is withdrawn or refused, we'll refund the fee, minus the current administration fee. If your application is refused and is subject to an appeal, we'll need to incur further charges, so 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 us must be paid by the applicant.

Driving assessment

As part of your hackney carriage / private hire licensing application, you will be required to pass a driving assessment. This will typically take around 40 minutes to complete and will assess your ability to drive safely on a variety of local roads.

You will need to bring:

  • your driving licence
  • a vehicle in a good, clean, condition
  • insurance documents
  • MOT certificate for the vehicle you are using for the assessment
  • evidence of your National Insurance number

At the end of the assessment, you will be advised of the result and receive feedback about your driving. If you are successful and pass the assessment, a certificate will be issued to you.

The assessment costs £80, which must be paid in advance. You can pay online or over the phone. Please ensure that you provide a phone number, so our assessor can contact you to arrange a suitable time for your assessment.

Guidance notes

Drivers' conditions (PDF 10.2KB)

Knowledge test revision guide (PDF 14MB)

Criminal conviction policy (PDF 31.6KB)

Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy (PDF 510.8KB)

List of acceptable documents for right to a licence checks (PDF 59.7KB)