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.