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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing

Applying for an Operators/Drivers/Vehicle Licence

Licensing reception remains closed to the Public at this time.  

In normal circumstances the Licensing Reception Opening times as follows:

Monday to Wednesday 9.00am - 12.00 noon

Thursday 9.30am - 12.00 noon

Friday 9.00am - 12 noon

Prior to making an application for a driver's licence you must have completed the Taxi Drivers Standard Assessment, or Enhanced Assessment for wheelchair accessible vehicles, the following three companies are able to offer this test,

  1. Blue Lamp Trust – https://www.bluelamptrust.org.uk/Driver_Training/taxi_driver_assessment.php
  2. GreenPenny – http://www.greenpenny.co.uk/taxi-assessment-booking-form
  3. Diamond - https://www.advancedmotoring.co.uk/taxi-test

this is at your own expense, as this is an advanced driving test you may wish to consider additional training before undertaking the test, completed either a knowledge test if applying for a hackney carriage drivers licence, or an English comprehension test if you are applying for a private hire drivers licence, details available with the application pack, it is also necessary for all potential applicants to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service form, in order to obtain written evidence that they are a 'fit and proper person'.

Details on how to apply for a DBS will be given once the application has been submitted.  You will need to provide specific documentation to enable this process.  

As you are applying for a driving position one of the documents provided must be your driving licence, you are also required to provide a unique code, ("check code") obtainable from www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence this enables you to share your details with a third party.

If you are not a national of the UK, then you will need to demonstrate your right to work.  Please use the Home Office online right to work service, to generate a code, this will need to be passed to the council to enable them to make the necessary checks.  If you are from the UK you will need to show either your British Passport or Birth Certificate (issued in the UK).

A medical is also required by persons wishing to become hackney or private hire driver, these forms are available below in the applicaiton packs. This must be completed by a doctor (your doctor will make a charge for this service and this must be at your expense) and then submitted to this office. The Licensing Section of the Council, is situated at Trafalgar House, Sanders Road, Wellingborough, NN8 4FR. 

You will  need to pay for and complete an application form for the relevant licence. All paperwork must be returned to the Licensing Section for them to make a judgement on whether the licence should be issued or not.

Please contact the licensing department for application forms


Last updated: 02/08/2021