Taxi and private hire vehicle, driver and operator licensing

We grant licences for hackney carriage and private hire vehicles, drivers and operators.

To ensure public safety and comfort we must ensure that licence holders meet and maintain required standards and comply with legislation, local byelaws and licence conditions.

How do I apply?

New applicants and renewals where Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks) are required will be by appointment only.

It is your responsibility to book your appointment in plenty of time before the expiry of your licence, otherwise you might not be able to drive until your application has been processed.

 

Tax Conditionality for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers and Private Hire Operators

HMRC is introducing a simple tax check from 4 April 2022 that will take place when people renew their licences to drive hackney carriages, drive and operate private hire vehicles. It will be supported by a new digital service that HMRC is developing.

This service has been created so that everyone pays the tax they should. HMRC is working with industry bodies to make this as straightforward as possible. The check should take a few minutes every few years and confirm that someone is correctly registered for tax.

You will need to complete a tax check when you apply or renew your licence as a:

·     driver of a taxi (hackney carriage)

·     driver of a private hire vehicle (and dual licences)

·     private hire vehicle operator

Please read this tax check factsheet to understand what is required, as this will apply to all renewals and new applicants. 

Find further information at Guidance on how to complete a tax check for a hackney carriage or private hire licence.