Driving licences for taxis and private hire vehicles

Outside London

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.