To become a taxi or private hire driver in London you’ll need to apply to Transport for London (TfL) for the correct driving licence.
There are 2 types of driving licenses 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
Private hire drivers will need to apply for a private hire driving licence.
Before applying for your driver’s licence, you’ll need to apply for an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).