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Applying to be a Taxi Driver

Information on how to apply to be a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver and how to renew your existing licence

To drive a licensed Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle you need a licence. We are responsible for licensing Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles and drivers. We do this to make sure the service provided to the public is safe and reliable.

Hackney Carriages

A Hackney Carriage is more commonly called a taxi. If you have a licence for a Hackney Carriage, you can ‘ply for hire’. This means you can park on a taxi rank or be hailed by passengers on the street.

To drive a Hackney Carriage, you need a Hackney Carriage driver’s licence.

Private Hire Vehicle

A Private Hire Vehicle, sometimes called a minicab, cannot ply for hire or pick up passengers from a taxi rank. Journeys with a Private Hire Vehicle must be pre-booked, usually with an operator via a cab office, phone call or a mobile app.

To drive a Private Hire Vehicle, you need a Private Hire Vehicle licence.

You can have a licence to drive both a Private Hire and a Hackney Carriage.


Applying for a licence

To be eligible to hold a licence for either a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage, you must:

  • Be over 21
  • Have held a full (not provisional) UK driving licence for five years or more. If you have an EU or EEA licence, then you will need to obtain a UK counterpart document.
  • Be able to prove you have a right to work in the UK.


If you are using your own vehicle, it must be less than seven years old.

The application also includes other checks. You must have:

  • A Disclosure Barring Service check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau or CRB check)
  • A Group 2 Medical Check from your doctor


You will also need to let us know about any relevant convictions or cautions for both motoring and non-motoring offences.

You must be registered with the DBS online update service. You will need this for as long as you are licensed with Craven District Council.

You must take a safeguarding assessment test. This is a short test held at the council offices.

You must take a driving test from the Blue Lamp Trust.

You will need to prove you have a required standard of English. This could be a formal school qualification such as GCSE.

Process of applying for a licence

Guidance on the knowledge test


Costs and fees

New Hackney Carriage Driver Application fee

A new Hackney Carriage Driver application costs £265.90

This includes:

  • £66 DBS Check
  • £12 DVLA Data Protection Mandate (this lets us check your details with the DVLA)
  • £14.07 Knowledge Test fee


Other costs

  • £87 driving test fee to the Blue Lamp Trust
  • £18 safeguarding assessment fee
  • There may be a charge for the Group Two Medical. This charge is decided by your doctor’s surgery.


New Private Hire Driver application fee

A new Private Hire Driver application costs £243.38

This includes:

  • £66 DBS Check
  • £12 DVLA Data Protection Mandate (this lets us check your details with the DVLA)
  • £14.07 Knowledge Test fee

Other costs

  • £87 driving test fee to the Blue Lamp Trust
  • £18 safeguarding assessment fee
  • There may be a charge for the Group Two Medical. This charge is decided by your doctor’s surgery.


Applying for a licence

The application process takes between one and three months. It is the same for both new Private Hire and Hackney Carriage applications.

Making your application

If you are eligible to hold a licence you should:

  1. Apply for a DBS check online via North Yorkshire County Council Employment check website
  2. Complete the application forms 
  3. Complete the DVLA Data protection mandate
  4. Confirm you have your supporting documents
  5. Remember to sign up to the online update service upon receipt of your DBS certificate

Visit us

When you have completed the application, you should:

  1. Contact us to book an appointment for us to review your application
  2. Visit us offices with your supporting documents and application form
  3. Visit us to present your DBS certificate. You must do this within 28 days of receiving the certificate otherwise your application will be refused

Application accepted in principle

Once we have seen your application and supporting documents, we will either accept your application in principle, or reject it.

If we accept your application in principle, you will need to:

  1. Book a Group 2 Medical Check from your doctor
  2. Ask your doctor to complete the Group 2 Medical Certificate and return this to us
  3. Book a practical driving test assessment with the Blue Lamp Trust and take the test
  4. Book a Knowledge Test with us and take the test

You must pass these tests within three months of receiving your DBS certificate. If you don’t you will need to start the process again.

Rejected applications

If we reject your application on the grounds that you are not a fit and proper person to hold a license you can appeal to a Magistrate’s Court.


Renewing your licence

Hackney Carriage Driver licence renewal

Renewing your Hackney Carriage Driver licence costs £173.83

You may need to pay for a medical check and DBS check as well. We will tell you if you need to do this. Every three years you will be required to complete a new mandate and pay £12.

Private Hire Driver licence renewal

Renewing your Private Hire Driver licence costs £151.31

You may need to pay for a medical check and DBS check as well. We will tell you if you need to do this. Every three years you will be required to complete a new mandate and pay £12.


CCTV in Licensed Vehicles

Please note Taxi Cameras (CCTV) will be mandatory in all licensed vehicles. The implementation date is 1st April 2021 for any vehicle already licensed before 1st January 2021. Though any new vehicle not previously licensed will be required to have cameras installed from the 1st January 2021. Please see our webpage CCTV in Hackney and Private Hire Vehicles for information on the specification and known suppliers.