Right to work checks on taxi and private hire drivers

The Immigration Act 2016 amends existing licensing regimes in the UK to seek to prevent people without lawful immigration status and the right to work from holding taxi or private hire driver or operator licences.

Licensing authorities are under a duty not to issue licences to people who are disqualified by their immigration status from holding them.  In order to discharge this duty we will conduct document checks as part of the licensing application process.

From 1 December 2016 your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licence application.  This could include the authority checking your immigration status with the Home Office or otherwise share data.  You must therefore provide a document or document combination that is stipulated as being suitable for this check.  The list of documents is attached to this email.  You must bring the original document(s) such as a passport or biometric residence permit so that the check can take place.  The document(s) will be copied and the copy retained by the licensing authority.  The original document(s) will be returned to you.

If there are restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will not be issued for any 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 laws, your licence will lapse and you must return it to licensing, failure to do so is a criminal offence.

To ensure we do not discriminate against anyone, all licence applicants will be treated in the same way during the licence applications process. 

Following the correct checks, applicants who have a permanent right to remain in the UK and produce a document(s) from List A, will not require further checks when they subsequently apply to renew or extend their licence.

Failure to provide the documents may result in the refusal of your application.

You can find a list of acceptable documents for a right to a licence check below:

List A

List B