Private hire licence

Private hire vehicles, their drivers and operators, are licensed by the council to ensure public safety.

What is a private hire vehicle?

Private hire vehicles (PHV) operate in a similar way to hackney carriage vehicles in that they are used as a form of public transport. That is where the similarity ends. These cars are commonly referred to as 'taxis' or 'cabs' by the public but they are very different in the way they operate and the way they look. Private hire vehicles in this district are commonly saloon or estate style cars and may not resemble a hackney carriage in any way. All private hire cars must be pre-booked through a licensed operator either by telephone, email, fax or at the licensed operator's office.

We aim to issue this licence within 28 days of the application becoming valid. If you do not receive your licence within this time please contact the Licensing Team on 01799 510510.

If you submit an application for a private hire/hackney carriage driver's and you have not submitted all supporting documentation to validate your application within 56 days then this will be withdrawn and you will be refunded back your application fee.


Application for a joint private hire/hackney carriage driver licence

Icon for pdf Joint Driver Application Form [627.95KB]

Icon for pdf Guidance notes for new applicants [407.98KB]

Icon for pdf Group 2 medical form for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers [629.63KB]

Icon for pdf Driver conditions [128.68KB]

Icon for pdf Driver Licence Information Fair Processing Declaration Form (D906) [182.68KB]

Icon for pdf Suitability Policy May 2019 [537.87KB]

Driving proficiency test

From 1 June 2019 you will need to have passed a driving proficiency test before you book your appointment with the licensing officer. You will be able to book a proficiency test with either The Blue Lamp Trust or Green Penny (please note if you are using Green Penny, you will need to choose their 'Standard Assessment' test).

Applicants must have held a full UK driving licence (or equivalent) for a minimum of 3 years at the time of application.

Fees and charges

Full list of Private Hire and Hackney Carriage fees and charges from 1 April 2019

Private hire operator

Icon for pdf Private Hire Operator Application Form [142.36KB]

Icon for pdf Private Hire Operator conditions [133.73KB]

Vehicles and accidents

Icon for pdf Accident Report Form [225.53KB]

Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Application Form [93.73KB]

Icon for pdf Approved Garages for Vehicle Testing [83.75KB]

Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Conditions [10.36KB]

Icon for pdf Private Hire Vehicle Transfer Application Form [92.94KB]

Icon for pdf Vehicle Standards [216.7KB]

Icon for pdf Licensed Vehicle Emissions Policy [137.45KB]

Find out more about private hire licenses

Further information is available on our Private hire frequently asked questions page. 

You can also find out more about how we regulate private hire vehicles and operators in our Icon for pdf Licensing Policy relating to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trades [496.35KB].

We also publish a list of  Private hire operators