Private hire drivers' licence documents

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

Prior to licence issue new drivers will require the following:

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 If you do not actively pursue your application for six months or more, we will treat it as having been withdrawn.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:


Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself at least five minutes to fill in the form.

You will need to upload the following documents with your application:

  • Driving licence showing number and date of expiry
  • Safeguarding training certificate dated within the last three years, if you have completed this
  • Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate that is registered with the update service and dated within the last six months, if you have carried out this check
  • If you do not currently have a Hackney carriage licence with us, you will also need to upload: Passport showing number and date of expiry, if you have one
  • If you do not currently have a Hackney carriage licence with us, you will also need to upload: Proof of your right to work in the UK, incorporating your national insurance number, such as a P45 or P60

Apply for or renew a private hire 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 private hire vehicle 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.

More information on private hire drivers’ licences

The council has adopted a taxi policy. Appendix 4 of that policy details the policy & conditions for private hire 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
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire feespdf124.5 KB
Medical report formpdf311.1 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