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Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence

Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence

New driver applications and renewals are by appointment only

We are responsible for licensing taxis and private hire vehicles, including their drivers and operators. The main aim is to ensure the safety of the public, by ensuring that the drivers, vehicles and operators that they use are safe, reliable and efficient. A licence is required before any person can drive a licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

Please see the page Applying to be a Taxi Driver for further information.

Taxi Cameras (CCTV)

Taxi cameras are mandatory for all new vehicle applications from 1st January 2021.  The specification and known suppliers can be found on the page, CCTV in Hackney and Private Hire Vehicles.

How do I apply for a licence?

All the information required to apply for a Hackney Carriage Drivers licence can be found in the document section below.

We are still accepting new applications for drivers. However testing capacity is limited due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

To assist new applicants please click the link, for information about our Knowledge Test.

How long does a driver's licence last?

Once granted, your licence is valid for 3 years.

How much does it cost?

New Driver Application

£265.90 (includes £66.00 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application fee, £12.00 Data Protection Mandate and £14.07 Knowledge Test).

For any additional assessments which drivers must complete, fees will be payable directly to the provider, including: 

Driving Assessment


English Skills test, if required. 

Relevant convictions

When submitting an application for a licence to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle you are required to declare any motoring offences and any non-motoring convictions or cautions you may have, in addition to completing a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  The information received will be treated in confidence.

Any applicant refused a driver's licence on the ground that he/she is not a fit and proper person to hold such a licence has a right of appeal to a Magistrates' Court.

How long does the application process take?

The application process normally takes between 1 - 3 months (although this timescale has been significantly affected by the current pandemic).

Taxi ranks in the Craven District

The District has four official ranks which are located as follows:

Swadford Street, Skipton

Waller Hill Car Park Location

Sackville Street Location Map

Hall Street Car Park Crosshills