Taxi Licensing: Private Hire Licence

A Private Hire vehicle cannot ply for hire or stand in a rank. It must be pre-booked with a Private Hire Operator e.g. through the operator usually by telephone. A Private Hire must be driven by a driver who holds a Private Driver's Licence.

For more information on Private Hire Licences please view the following documents:

Procedure for Private Hire Driver (pdf)
Criteria for Drivers (pdf)
Driver Licence Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Driver and Vehicle Fees (pdf)

Private Hire Standard Conditions (pdf)

Private hire / Hackney-carriage-driver-and-private-hire-operator-suitability-policy.pdf (pdf)Disclosure and Barring Service Guidance
Equality Act 2010

Register of Private Hire Drivers (pdf)

Register of Private Hire Vehicles (pdf)

New Private Hire Driver?

Please request an Application Pack from Three Rivers via reception or email and ensure you have read the procedure carefully. New application submissions are to be returned personally and by appointment only and must include the following:

  • Application Form
  • Completed medical form
  • Completed DVLA mandate
  • Disclosure and Barring Service application form
  • Two passport sized photographs
  • DVLA Drivers Licence
  • Three forms of identity
  • Operator Form (completed by the Operator you will work for)
  • Payment (cheques no longer accepted)

Failure to submit all the above documentation will result in a new appointment at a later date to be agreed by the Licensing Department and therefore will ultimately delay your application process.

Application Process:

Once your application has been accepted you will be subject of a Knowledge Test which is taken at Three Rivers House, every two weeks.  A member of the licensing team will contact you directly to arrange a relevant date for the test.

Knowledge Test Briefing Note (pdf)
Knowledge Test Example Questions (June 2016) (pdf)
Track a DBS Application

Refund Procedure (May 2015) (pdf)

Once all enquiries are complete, if successful, the applicant will be advised of a date and time for him/her to attend the Council Offices, to collect their Private Hire Licence and badge.

Current Private Hire Driver:

If you are a current Private Hire driver with the Council and wish to renew your licence, change your address or you have lost your badge etc please view the Driver FAQ's document for more information on the relevant procedure:

Driver Licence Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Private Hire Vehicle Licence:

For more information on Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Applications including renewal/transfer/replacement etc please read the following documents:

Vehicle Licence Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Criteria for Vehicles (pdf)

Private Hire Standard Conditions (pdf)
Driver and Vehicle Fees (pdf)

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