1. Overview

To become a taxi driver or private hire driver in London you must apply to Transport for London (TfL) for the correct driving licence.

Licences for taxi drivers

There are 2 types of driving licence for taxi drivers:

  • the all London licence (known as a ‘green badge’) which allows you to work throughout London
  • the suburban licence (known as a ‘yellow badge’) which restricts you to working in the suburban areas of London

Licences for private hire drivers

Private hire drivers need to apply for a private hire driving licence.

You must apply for an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before you apply for a licence.