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Taxi and private hire licensing

To operate a taxi or private hire business or to drive a taxi you must have a licence from us. You cannot drive a taxi with a private hire car driver's licence.

Taxi and private hire car drivers

Licences are issued for 3 years and you must display an identification badge whilst driving. We need to check:

  • your driving licence
  • your criminal records check (PVG)
  • your medical assessments, if applicable

You'll need to provide:

  • your DVLA driving licence
  • three passport sized photographs

Taxi and private hire operators

You must apply for a private hire operator's licence if you wish to operate a taxi private hire service. Operator's licences are issued for a period of 3 years.

Taxi booking offices

As well as an operator's licence you need a licence from us if you open or run a taxi and private hire booking office. You're exempt from a licence if you have no more than three vehicles for hire.

Page last updated: 20/07/17