Hackney/Private/Joint Driver’s Licence

Driver Licence

The Licensing department have a duty to make sure that anyone wanting to become a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire/Joint driver are a ‘safe and suitable’ person and have all the skills and knowledge to provide this service.

The application process for taxi driver licences is the same for Hackney Carriage, Private Hire and Joint Drivers.  Licences are issued for a maximum period of 3 years, but we may grant licences for a shorter period if deemed appropriate.

The following information gives guidance on how to apply for a new driver licence and on  renewing an existing taxi driver licence.

Please be aware –

  • Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence will only permit a driver to drive a Hackney Carriage Vehicle
  • A Private Hire Drivers Licence will only permit a driver to drive a Private Hire Vehicle
  • A Joint Driver Licence will permit the driver to drive both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles

All new applicants are now required to apply for the Joint Driver Licence.