Private hire licences
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Apply for a private hire driver licence
A private hire vehicle, also known as a minicab, may only carry passengers who have pre-booked a journey through a licensed operator.
To drive a private hire vehicle, you must have a licence for the vehicle and a licence for the driver. The operator, who arranges the bookings, must also be licensed.
A private hire driver licence costs £271.00 on first application, not including test fees.
To apply for a private hire driver licence you will need to complete the following steps:
- Read the private hire driver guidance notes
- Fill in our online form and pay £35 in advance for the licence conditions test
- Read our Criminal Convictions Policy
- Read the private hire licence conditions to prepare for the licence conditions test
- Read the Human trafficking and dementia awareness guidance notes to prepare for the dementia/human trafficking test
- Make sure you know where all the major villages are in the district
- When you are ready, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tests
Before you apply, please read the private hire driver guidance notes
On your test day, please bring the following with you:
- Payment £271 for the licence, £44 for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and £17.25 for a DVLA Data Protection Consent Mandate. You can pay this as one cheque for £332.25
- Passport, driving licence and birth certificate, proof of address. These are required to complete your DBS and Data Protection Consent Mandate, which will both be done on the day once you have passed your licence conditions and dementia/human trafficking tests
- If you do not hold a UK passport or have lived outside the UK for more than six months (excluding armed forces), you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the countries you have previously lived in
You will also need to pass a Driver Assessment (information below) and a group 2 medical with your General Practitioner (GP). We will give you the form on your test day
The Driver Assessment costs £90.
Read the driving test guidance for this, then book and pay for your test online.
Our private hire licence fees are valid until 31 March 2021. A three year renewal fee is £256.
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