Apply for or renew a driver licence (hackney carriage or private hire)
Changes to applying or renewing a driver licence
From April 2022, there are going to be a few changes to the process.
This will include:
- having to obtain your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you submit an application
- having a valid subscription to the Update Service
- completing a tax check before you submit an application
- changes to how you prove your right to work in the UK
The application process has two parts. In part 1, we need to verify your eligibility and in part 2 you submit the Driver Licence Application.
Part 1 - verify your eligibility
The first step is to supply your documentation to confirm that you are eligible to apply for a driver licence.
In our online form, you will need to upload:
- A scanned copy or photograph of your enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate which is signed up to the Update Service. If you do not have a DBS, you can obtain one from our nominated supplier.
- Evidence of your Right to Work. This can be a UK passport or a non-UK passport which must be accompanied by a Home Office Right to Work code or another document that shows you have the Right to Work in the UK. View further information about what evidence is accepted.
- A scanned copy or photograph of your DVLA Driving Licence. This licence must have been held for at least 3 years
- a DVLA check code. Prior to your licence being issued, checks will be made with the DVLA to seek information about your driving licence. You can apply online for a DVLA Check code.
You must ensure that:
- your certificate is signed up to the Update Service before you apply (check if you're signed up before you apply)
- all uploaded documents must be clear and readable
- the uploads show all four corners in the picture
- all sides (front and back) of each document are included
If your documents do not meet this criteria, your Part 1 application will be rejected, and you will need to make a new application.
When the verification has been completed you will receive an email confirming you can proceed to Part 2.
Part 2 - Driver Application
Before you complete part 2 and apply for a taxi or private hire licence, you need to:
- Book and attend safeguarding and disability awareness training and attend refresher training every 3 years. Upload your certificate when you make a taxi or private hire application. You can book safeguarding and disability awareness training online.
- Provide an HMRC Tax Check code if you are renewing a license. View more information about applying for a Tax Check code.
- Obtain a medical certificate. You will need to obtain a council approved medical certificate [PDF, 64 KB] or a PSV/HGV Group II medical certificate (completed and signed by your registered medical practice/practitioner within the previous 3 months). If you are unable to get a certificate from your registered GP, we will currently accept a certificate from another GMC-registered medical practitioner. They must have seen your full medical records and complete and sign the certificate stating this.
- Provide a score report from our English language test provider showing that you have passed the test, or an equivalent qualification.
If you're a new applicant, you must also provide:
- A council-approved driving assessment certificate.
- A certificate of attendance at a council-approved wheelchair accessible vehicle driver course (wheelchair accessible vehicle drivers only).
- Evidence that you have registered for an HMRC Tax Check.
We aim to process all valid and complete Part 2 applications within 10 working days, unless your application needs to be passed to an officer for investigation and a decision.
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For information and support with the licensing process, you can contact taxi licensing.