Hackney carriage drivers' licence documents

All prospective applicants for hackney carriage drivers’ licences must satisfy the city council, as licensing authority, that they are fit and proper persons to hold such a licence. 

Please note that you must complete a driving skills assessment within the previous six months of submitting an application and submit the certificate with your application form. If you do not actively pursue your application for six months or more, we will treat it as having been withdrawn. You will need to start again if you later wish to become a licensed driver.

Apply or renew a licence

To apply for a new licence, or to renew your licence, please use the following form:


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Apply for or renew a hackney carriage drivers’ licence

Driving assessment SHOW

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS) SHOW

Safeguarding training SHOW

Medical SHOW

National Vocational Qualification in Road Passenger Transport (or equivalent) (BTEC) (or equivalent) qualification SHOW

Anyone who drives a licensed hackney carriage must hold a licence to do so from the city council, in every circumstance. This is because the vehicle remains licensed whether or not it is hired or available for hire. The only exception to this requirement is when the hackney carriage is being driven for the sole purpose of ascertaining its mechanical condition or fitness (section 139 and schedule 7, paragraph 3, Transport Act 1985).

More information on Hackney carriage drivers’ licences

The council has adopted a taxi policy. Appendix 2 of that policy details the policy for hackney carriage drivers' licences

Drivers Code of Conduct

In order to promote the image of the hackney carriage and private hire trades, the Council has adopted a Code of Good Conduct, which should be read in conjunction with the other statutory, policy and condition requirements set by the authority.

Document Type Size
Medical report formpdf311.1 KB
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire feespdf124.5 KB
Licence enforcement policypdf67.3 KB
Byelaw 43 - Hackney Carriages and Motor Vehicles Let for Hire 1970 - annotatedpdf63.4 KB
Drivers Code Of Conduct 8 September 2021pdf99.5 KB
HC PH Change Of Address Form 2022docx47.2 KB