This page is for new applicants - that is, someone who has allowed their licence to lapse or has never held a licence with Huntingdonshire District Council.

If you are renewing a licence that is currently valid, please go to the driver renewal page.

How do I apply to be a taxi or private hire driver?

To drive a taxi or private hire vehicle you must:

  • be at least 18 years old

  • have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months

  • have the right to work in the UK

  • be able to understand and speak English.

Before you submit your application

Before you submit your licence application you must complete all the points listed below and have the appropriate documentation:

Driver assessment

Our approved assessor is Blue Lamp Trust. You can book a test online or by calling 03337 000157 between 9am and 4pm.

Make sure you have read the Policy and Conditions relating to taxi and private hire licences.

Medical assessment

Complete a Group 2 medical examination to ensure you are fit to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle. You will have to pay the fee for the medical directly to the GP. 

Download the HDC Medical Form

Disclosure and Barring Check

Obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Records Check. You can apply for this online - view further information and instructions. If you have a conviction, caution, reprimand or warning that you think may affect your application, please read our convictions policy. You can also contact the Licensing team for confidential advice. 

Information and Instructions on Applying for an Online DBS

If you have a suitable DBS certificate registered with the DBS update service you must provide the original certificate and complete the consent form to allow us to check the online records.

If you have not been living in the UK continuously during the last five years, you are required to obtain a statement of good conduct (also known as a certificate of good character) before your application can be submitted. The statement must be in English and be provided by relevant Embassy or police force in the country where you lived/worked. You must arrange, supply and pay for the statement.

Right to work in the UK

You must be able to prove you have the right to work in the UK. The Immigration Act 2016 requires us to check the status of all new applicants. View details of documents required as proof.

DVLA check code

We will check the status of your current driving licence as part of your application. Please visit this page to get a code for us to check your licence. You must do this no more than 2 weeks before submitting your application.

Safeguarding training

From 1 January 2019 all applicants will be required to take our safeguarding course before a licence is granted. We will provide further details about this training shortly.

Knowledge and competency test

From 1 January 2019 all new applicants will be required to pass our knowledge and competency test before an application can be submitted. We will provide further details about this test shortly.

Submitting your application and verification of identification documents

First complete the application form.

You must then visit our Customer Service Centre at Pathfinder House, Huntingdon, to submit your application and have your identification documents verified for your online DBS application. You can visit anytime between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. When you arrive, take a ticket from the machine and take a seat.

You must make sure you bring originals of all the correct documentation. We will only accept correctly completed applications.

Checklists 

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Application documents/requirements
A completed HDC application form, signed and dated by the applicant
A completed HDC medical form, signed and dated by the examining doctor, that is less than six months old
Your Blue Lamp Trust certificate
Your original DBS certificate that is less than three months old. If it is more than three months old and is registered on the DBS update service, please provide the update consent form
A completed DVLA check code
A colour passport-sized photograph that is less than three months old
Pass the knowledge and competency test (1 January 2019 onwards)
Complete the safeguarding course (1 January 2019 onwards)

 

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Identification documents
Current valid passport
Biometric residence permit (UK)
Current driving licence (UK, Isle of Man/Channel Islands) (full or provisional)
Birth certificate (UK and Channel Islands) issued within 12 months of your date of birth
Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)
Proof of current address, such as bank statement, Council Tax statement or utility bill, that is less than three months old

Fees

Please see the Fees page.

Does tacit consent apply?

No. For public safety reasons we must process your application before it can be granted.