Taxi driver's licence - renewal

Your right to work in the UK will now be checked as part of your taxi driver's licence application. This could include checking your immigration status with the Home Office. 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]

If there are restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will not be issued for any longer than this period. In such circumstances, the check will be repeated each time you apply to renew or extend your licence. If, during this period, you are disqualified from holding a licence because you have not complied with the UK's immigration laws, your licence will lapse and you must return it to the licensing authority, failure to do so is a criminal offence.

How to renew

A taxi drivers licence is now, normally, granted for 3 years. When your licence is nearing expiry it is your responsibility to arrange an appointment to renew this, you will not be sent a reminder letter. You may renew your licence from 4 weeks prior to it expiring. To make an appointment to do this please telephone 0161 253 5208.


Your disclosure and barring service check (DBS) needs to be completed every three years in line with the renewal of your drivers licence. You must arrange an appointment to do this at least two months before the expiry of the check again this is your responsibility. Failure to do this could result in your drivers licence not being renewed.


A medical certificate from your own GP is required when you first obtain a drivers licence. This is then valid until you reach the age of 45 at which time a new medical certificate will be required. A new certificate is then required every 5 years until the age of 65 when it will be required annually. A letter will be sent to you with a medical form when yours is due. Failure to return this within 28 days could result in the suspension of your licence.

Renewal time

When your taxi drivers licence expires you have a grace period of 3 months within which you can make an application and obtain your licence again without any further requirements. If you allow your licence to expire you may be required to undertake the same pre requisites as a new applicant these are as follows.

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 £30. 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.

If you had previously sat and passed the theory knowledge test you will not be required to do this again.

Contact for Bury Licensing Service