How to become a taxi driver, how to apply, submit and pay for a taxi drivers licence. Do you need qualifications, how to submit your criminal records bureau check. Also, how to renew/change your drivers licence and what happens if you do not apply.
Taxis and private hire vehicles can only be driven (at all times) by licensed hackney carriage/private hire drivers.
Once a taxi or private hire vehicle is plated and licensed, it remains a taxi or private hire vehicle at all times even when not being used for public hire or hire and reward i.e. for personal and social use.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council issues a dual driver's badge that allows individuals to drive both hackney carriage vehicles and private hire vehicles.
To enable a hackney carriage to be used, two licences are required:
To enable a private hire vehicle to be used, three licences will be required:
To apply for a private hire/hackney carriage drivers licence, you are required to meet the application criteria below, all aspects must be completed before any application would be considered by the Licensing Authority.
The application process is completed in two stages.
Further information on each aspect is further down the page.
You are required to consent to an enhanced criminal record check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to establish if you are a "fit and proper" person to hold a hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence.
The DBS check will release details of any convictions/cautions and any additional information held that puts an individual on the barred list, prohibiting the individual from working with children or vulnerable adults. As part of this check you are required to join and maintain the DBS update service.
If you are aware that your DBS check will show any cautions or convictions please refer to the relevance of convictions in the licensing policy.
All drivers are now conditioned to subscribe as part of their licence annually to the DBS update service. This is an online system that keeps your DBS check up to date at all times. It means that any registered body can view your DBS check online after they have seen your original certificate.
You can apply to join the Update service using your DBS application form reference number as soon as the DBS have received your application. Your application number will be provided to you.
Once your DBS certificate has been issued you have only a short period of 19 days to subscribe. If your do not register within the 19 days you may be required to undergo another enhanced DBS check at the point of renewal of your licence.
For more information on applying under the DBS Update service please read the document via the link below:
DBS Applicants guide (pdf 247kb opens in new window)
A certificate of good conduct authenticated by the relevant embassy, less than three months old will also be required for foreign nationals who have not lived in the UK for more than five years.
Applicants must obtain and pay for their own certificate of good conduct from the relevant embassy, which must be translated into English.
Applicants must have held a DVLA driver's licence for a minimum period of 12 months before they can apply for a hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence.
Applications will be accepted from individuals who hold an EU driving licence. However, they will be required to have held a UK, if you have been in the United Kingdom for 12 months or more.
You are required to complete a DVLA mandate in order to give us the full history of your driving licence. The mandate costs £15
DVLA Mandate Form (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
All applicants are required to undergo a taxi / private hire assessment to the DVSA test level with an accredited body before a licence can be granted. If you have already completed the test previously your certificate cannot be older then 3 years.
If you intend to drive a hackney carriage vehicle, you will also be required to undertake the additional wheelchair assessment part of the test.
The test is specifically designed to examine the driving standards of new applicants and reflects modern driving practices and techniques.
Tests are currently been facilitated by Diamond Advance Motorists limited, to book your test contact Diamond Advance Motorists by email to:
email@example.com or by telephone on: 020 8253 0120
You are required to provide one signed and endorsed photograph of yourself, the endorsement must be done by a professional person for example doctor, solicitor, teacher etc.
The person must have been know to you for more then 3 years and must not be anyone associated with the taxi trade.
Photograph endorsement sheet (word 23kb, opens in new window)
You are required to have a DVLA group 2 medical form completed by your registered GP. Fees will be set by your individual GP.
For a list of medical conditions that would bar you from holding a hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence please refer to the guidance notes attached to the medical form and the DVLA website.
Your medical will then last five years from date of issue for applicants under the age of 65 and one year for applicants over the age of 65, unless your doctor states a more regular medical is required.
When you submit your full application your medical will need to be less then 6 weeks old at the point of application.
Medical form (word 3mb opens in new window)
You will need to submit a fully completed and signed application form, the fee for a new drivers application is £120.
Driver's grant application form (word 120kb opens in new window)
Applicants will be tested on their knowledge of the licensing conditions, policy and by-laws. Questions will also include customer care, knowledge of the dress code and code of conduct. The questions will mainly be multiple choice in nature.
New applicants who fail to achieve a 75% pass rate in any of the written tests shall be invited to take a different test on another occasion. Four attempts are permitted annually. After three failures a period of two months must elapse before the final attempt. In the event of four failures a period of one year must elapse before further attempts are undertaken.
No licence will be granted unless the new applicant has successfully completed a written test on licence conditions and by-laws.
If you fail the knowledge test or fail to attend for your allocated knowledge a fee of £30 will be charged for the next knowledge test.
Driver's licence conditions (pdf 113kb opens in new window)
Vehicle Licence conditions (pdf 110kb open in new window)
If you already hold this qualification, the original certificate will need to be submitted alongside your application, if you do not already hold this qualification it will not stop you from obtaining a drivers licence. The qualification however must be undertaken and obtained within the first 12 months of your licence.
Further information on BTEC qualifications can be found further down the page.
Tacit consent does not apply to a drivers application, as it is important for public safety reasons that a licence is considered and granted before you are able to trade.
Your licence will not be issued until all of the matters have been completed.
Stage One - DBS check and DVLA mandate
In order to complete a enhanced DBS check and DVLA mandate you must make an appointment with the Licensing Authority as the countersigntory body to complete the relevant forms and identity checks.
The requirement to join the update service will be explained at this appointment.
The fee of £70 for the DBS check and £15 for the DVLA mandate will need to paid at this appointment.
To book an appointment contact the licensing team by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The licensing team will then send off these checks to the relevant bodies. The licensing team will receive the DVLA mandate back direct, however no copy of the DBS certificate will be received by the licensing team, this will need submitting with your completed application.
Apply online for a hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence
Once all aspects of the stage 2 application process have been completed (see above) you can book in for your written knowledge test, you must have a complete application before the knowledge is undertaken. You will be required to bring all the following aspects of your application to your knowledge test:
Before you book in for test, you need to also check the Licensing Team are in receipt of your group 2 medical and DVLA mandate.
To book in for your for your knowledge test please email the licensing team using the address below:
The next knowledge test will be conducted on:
If you do not hear from the licensing team within 48 hours of having completed your knowledge test, you will have passed the test and your complete application for a drivers licence will be considered.
Full consideration of your application can take up to 10 working days.
Please be advised that if your application is unsuccessful your hackney carriage/private hire driver application fee will be refunded. However, the fee for your disclosure, DVLA mandate, medical, DVSA test and BTEC are non- refundable.
You can also submit your application and fee at any local customer service centre across the East Riding.
You are not required to have already gained any qualification to apply to be a hackney carriage/private hire driver, however within the 12 months of your licence being granted you will be required to have undertaken and passed the required BTEC or NVQ award. It is advised that you apply for your course immediately on grant of your licence.
The BTEC award in introduction to the role of the professional taxi and private hire driver or similar qualification (as determined by the licensing authority) is mandatory.
It is your responsibility to ensure this qualification is undertaken within the provisional 12 month period.
Should you choose not to undertake or complete the qualification during this time your licence will not be re-issued and your licence will lapse.
Below are a list of possible providers of the required qualification:
Taxi Quals qualifications (external website)
Professional Taxi Driver Qualification (external website)
Pearson qualifications (external website)
The ABA Training website provide courses on VRQ Level 2 BTEC Award in transporting passengers by taxi and private hire and NVQ Level 2 in road passenger vehicle driving.
ABA Training (external website)
Telephone: (01787) 377988
The Gap Training website, whose centre is based in Driffield, also provides training/courses:
Gap Training (external website)
GAP Training provide Pearson Level 2 NVQ in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving. GAP Training Telephone:
(01377) 267209 or 07787115414.
Motor Trades Group Training Association BTEC level 2 - The introduction to the role of the professional taxi and private hire driver (external website)
Telephone: (01909) 568338
Before the end of your first year (12 months) provisional licence you will need to submit evidence that you have successfully completed a BTEC qualification in 'Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver' or other approved course and complete the renewal declaration form.
However, before renewing please ensure that you have an up to date DBS in place, you will need to have joined and maintained your subscription to the DBS Update Service.
If you have not completed the BTEC qualification before the end of your one-year provisional licence, the licensing team will not be able to renew your licence for another year. You will be able to re-apply as a new applicant when you have completed the qualification.
Tacit consent does not apply to this application, as each application must be considered on its own merits for the reasons of public safety.
You can now apply online to renew your hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence:
Apply online to renew your driver licence
It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you renew your driver's licence in good time prior to the expiry of your existing driver's licence, please check this date carefully.
In order to renew your hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence, you must have joined and maintained your subscription to the DBS Update Service.
You must also provide to the Licensing Team an online DVLA access code to enable the licensing team to check details of your DVLA licence. This code lasts for a maximum of 21 days from creation.
Create an online DVLA access code (external website)
Without either of these in place you will not be able to renew your licence. Advice will be needed from the Licensing Team at:
We strongly advise you submit your completed renewal application and payment of £180.00 (3-year licence), 7 days before the expiry date of your current licence.
You will not be required to submit a new DBS every year if you have provided us with your DBS update service confirmation, certificate number and you maintain your subscription with the DBS Update service throughout the duration of your licence.
Please note: If the Licensing Team cannot view the information on the online DBS update service to verify your criminal conviction status, your licence may not be renewed or may be suspended if membership ends during the period your licence is held.
If you have not renewed or maintained your subscription to the DBS update service each year, you will be required to submit a new application for an enhanced DBS certificate prior to a licence being issued. You should apply at least six weeks before your licence expires in these circumstances.
Every five years you will also need to provide:
Once your hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence is successfully renewed it will be granted for 3 years.
A tacit consent does not apply to this application, as every application must be determined on its own merits.
Your medical will last for a period of up to five years from the date of issue for applicants under the age of 65 and one year for applicants over the age of 65 unless your doctor or the licensing authority states that you require a medical on a more regular basis.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a valid medical in place at all times that you hold a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire driver's licence.
If between medicals you are diagnosed with an illness or medication that could impact on your driving ability you must inform the licensing team within 48 hours, and seek advice from the licensing team.
You are required to have our medical form completed by your own registered GP and the GP must then return it to the Licensing Team direct.
Fees are set by your individual GP.
Medical form and guidance notes (pdf 423kb opens in new window)
For a list of medical conditions that would prevent you from holding a hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence, please refer to the guidance notes attached to the medical form.
Medical forms can be submitted direct to the Licensing Team at the address below:
Licensing Team,East Riding of Yorkshire Council,County Hall,Cross Street,Beverley,East Riding of Yorkshire,HU17 9BA
For further advice on medicals please contact the licensing team:
By email: email@example.com
If you no longer wish to be a hackney carriage/private hire driver, you should surrender your licence using the attached form below or email the licensing team.
Surrender a Licence form (pdf 67kb opens in new window)
You must also return your badge, and paper licence to the licensing team at:
Licensing TeamCounty HallCross Street Beverley HU17 9BA
or via any customer service centre.
If you wish to change details on your licence then you can complete the below online form which will allow you to:
Apply online to change your licence details
If your change of name is due to marriage or divorce, we will require a certified copy of your marriage certificate or divorce papers. Your documents can be verified at a customer service centre.
Please use the customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
You have to notify the licensing team no later then 48 hours after you are arrested/cautioned/convicted/bound over/ fined or issued with DVLA endorsements.
Notify of an offence/ conviction online
If you want to report an unlicensed taxi driver or you have a complaint about a taxi driver licensed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council you can contact the licensing team, by using one of the following ways:
In order for the licensing team to successfully investigate your complaint we will need as much information from you as possible.
The following information would help us with our investigation:
You will be asked to give your name and contact details to the licensing team. Your details will not be disclosed unless the investigation results in a prosecution. All complaints will be investigated in line with the licensing enforcement policy. Your details will not be shared with the driver concerned.
If you are the a licensed driver, vehicle owner or private hire operator and you are found not to be complying with your licence conditions, the licensing team can take the following actions in line with East Riding of Yorkshire Council's licensing policy:
If any person is found to be driving, operating or using a vehicle for the purposes of hire and reward or public hire without the correct authorisation in place, East Riding of Yorkshire Council may prosecute the individual.
Each case will be treated on its own merits and determined in line with East Riding of Yorkshire Councils enforcement protocols.
Using an unlicensed driver or unlicensed vehicle, may mean the vehicle insurance policy is invalidated, and the individual driving the vehicle may not have been police checked both of which are a risk to the public.