You must apply to your local council for a licence to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV).
To apply you must:
- be able to work legally in the UK
- have held a full GB or Northern Ireland driving licence - or a full EU driving licence - for at least 12 months
You must also be a ‘fit and proper person’ - which means your background and character will be checked. Your council may carry out an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
You may also need:
- a medical examination
- a ‘knowledge’ test
- to take a driving test
Ask your council what the requirements are in your area, including the fees they charge and how to apply.
Ask your council how to renew your licence.