Taxi driver's licence


Important information about your application

To be granted a private hire or a hackney carriage driver licence, you must:

  • hold a full UK driving licence (not a provisional or a driving test pass certificate). The licence must be at least 12 months old;
  • produce evidence that you have passed a practical driving assessment for taxi drivers;
  • produce evidence of your communication and numeracy skills;
  • pass a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check;
  • produce a 'Certificate of Good Conduct' from the country you have been living in, if you have not resided in the UK for the last five years;
  • pass a Knowledge Test which will include you having knowledge of the licence conditions attached to the appropriate driver and vehicle licences;
  • obtain a 'Certificate of Medical Fitness' from either Cotswold Medical or your local GP at your own expense (once you have passed the knowledge test). The cost for a medical with Cotswold Medical is approximately £60, or with your own GP £100 to £130. Please check the current cost before you apply;
  • produce evidence that you have the right to work in the UK;
  • produce evidence that you have attended safeguarding training.

Only after successfully meeting the criteria listed above and paying the required fee(s) will you be issued with the appropriate driver licence and badge. The licence will be valid for three years.

The application process

Providing evidence of your communication and numeracy skills

Before we can accept an application from you, we require proof of the following qualifications.

  • GCSE, GCE, Functional Skills Level 1 or 2 in English or ESOL certificate at Level 1 or 2; and
  • GCSE, GCE or Functional Skills Level 1 or 2  in maths.

If you do not hold the above qualifications you will have pass a Communication and Numeracy skills assessment. You will take the assessment at Bury Adult Learning Centre, 18 Haymarket Street, Bury, BL9 0AQ. The assessment costs £32. To make an appointment, telephone the centre on 0161 253 5772. The assessment and test will include the following.

  • Spoken English (interview)
  • Listening comprehension (interview)
  • Reading (written assessment)
  • Writing (written assessment)
  • Numeracy (written assessment)

Evidence of your safe driving skills

Before we can accept an application from you, we require proof that you have passed a practical driving assessment for taxi drivers with one of our approved driver training companies. The following companies are approved by Bury Council. Visit their websites for information and to make an appointment to take the assessment.

Evidence of your safeguarding training

Before we can accept an application from you, we require proof that you have undertaken the safeguarding training (Trust2Ride) by our approved training company, Personnel Checks. There will be a cost to the training which is payable direct to the approved training company.

What is Trust2Ride?

Trust2Ride is a professional development training course created by Personnel Checks and accredited by the CPD. The training raises awareness of safeguarding in order to protect taxi drivers and their passengers.

How do I book on to the course?

Phone Personnel Checks on 01254 355679 to book your training course.

Disclosure and Barring Service

You must complete a DBS application form. Call into Bury Licensing Service reception at Bury Town Hall to collect a form.

The Knowledge Test

To assist you in preparing for the Knowledge Test we have produced a 'Home Study Pack' titled 'I want to be a Taxi Driver'. This booklet explains the difference between how a hackney carriage vehicle and a private hire vehicle operate and what you need to do and know to become a licensed driver.

pdf icon Download the taxi driver home study pack [265kb]

pdf icon Download our convictions guidance policy [82kb]

Right to a licence check

Before we can accept an application from you, you must provide an acceptable document or documents so that we can check your right to work in the UK. The document(s) will be copied and we will keep a copy. The original document will be returned to you.

pdf icon List of acceptable documents for a right to a licence check [55kb]

Apply for a taxi driver's licence

Taxi driver's licence application form

Complete and submit the taxi driver's licence application form

Make an appointment with Bury Licensing Service

You will need to contact Bury Licensing Service to make an appointment to complete your application. When you attend the appointment you must bring the following documents with you so that they can be checked.

  • Proof of your communication and numeracy skills
  • Proof of passing a practical driving assessment for taxi drivers
  • Proof of your right to work in the UK, for example, your passport
  • The completed taxi driver licence application (if not already submitted online)
  • The completed DBS application
  • Your DVLA Driver Licence
  • Your valid passport (if you have one)
  • Your National Insurance number (if you have one)
  • Your UK residency permit and proof of 'right to work in the UK' if you are not a UK or an EU National
  • Two recent utility bills or a bank statement showing your name and current address
  • The fee for the DBS and the Knowledge Test

Please note: The fee for the taxi driver licence does not have to be paid until you pass the Knowledge Test.

Contact for Bury Licensing Service