A licence is required before any person can drive
a hackney carriage (taxi) or private hire vehicle.
Before a licence is granted the applicant must
satisfy the Council that:
- He/she is a fit and proper person to hold
- He/she is medically fit;
- He/she has held a full driver's licence
(not a provisional licence) granted to the applicant under Part III
of the Road Traffic Act 1972 authorising him/her to drive a motor
car for at least twelve months prior to the date of the
- He/she must pass a police criminality
check carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to ensure
safety to the public
Once the application form has been completed, you
need to make an appointment to visit our Offices, bringing with you
the following documentation:
the completed application form
- your DVLA Driving Licence (original - not
a photocopy) showing your current address
- your passport or birth
- 3 colour passport type photographs
taken within the last month.
- appropriate fee
Applications will not be accepted without
production of the above.
The medical form needn't be completed at this
stage. You may wait until the necessary checks have been returned
to us. It is worth noting that, should you decide to withdraw your
application for whatever reason, the fee paid by you to your GP is
non-refundable. Therefore, it is entirely up to you to decide at
which point during the application process that you have the
Upon production of the forms at the licensing
office, you will be asked to complete a form to enable us to check
with the Criminal Records Bureau for any records held against you.
Please be aware that we normally allow approximately up to 8 weeks
from receipt of your application for return of these checks as this
is the average time that they take.
If you have any difficulty with any of the forms
or have any questions, please contact us on the above contact
Last Updated - 03/04/2013