From December 2016, all applicants must prove they have the right to work in the UK. You will need to provide a current UK / EU passport. If you do not have one you will need to provide a full UK birth certificate, and an official letter confirming your name and National Insurance Number.
If you originate from outside the UK, and do not hold a UK / EU Passport please contact us for details of what documentation you will need to provide, this will include things such as a biometric residence permit. If your right to work ends during the period of your licence, it lapses immediately and must be returned. If you have a restriction on the length of time you can work in the UK, the licence will not be issued for any longer than this period. Full details of what documentation you will need to provide can be found here: Right to work [177.82KB] .
You will then need to decide whether you want to be a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver, or both. You need to provide:
In July 2017, our licensing committee approved mandatory safeguarding training for drivers BEFORE a licence is issued. We have therefore arranged a free online safeguarding training course, at a local training venue.
Suite 3, Lions House
18 West Quay
Please contact Laura or Caroline on 01278 435227 advising that you are a taxi driver looking to book online safeguarding training. The session will take around 60-75 minutes to complete and there is a short quiz involved. When finished you should request a certificate of attendance / completion, which needs to be submitted to the licensing team.
The current fees are available below in the related documents section.
Applications can take several weeks to process if you have to wait for DBS, driving test certificate, or medical results.
Licences expire on the 30th November on a 3 yearly basis, 2017, 2020, 2023 etc. Your licence is valid for 3 years and driver badges will be issued accordingly. Interim checks are still completed annually. The cost of these badges is included in your licence fee.
If you have any criminal or motoring convictions, you may wish to contact the licensing department first to discuss your situation, as this may affect your application.
All of the documents required for a new driver's application are available here as a single download 2017 February Full Application pack [1.34MB] or individual documents are available below.
Details of our currently licenced Hackney Carriages, Private Hire Vehicles, and Private Hire Operators can be accessed through the Licensing Database. All Hackney Vehicles with licence plate number 59 and above are wheelchair / disabled accessible.
Simply select the licence type you require from the drop down menu, then input you're from and to dates that you wish to search. For best results input dates covering a 12 month period, then click submit.