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:
- complete and pass the driving assessment
- complete a Group 2 medical with a GP
- undertake a Disclosure and Barring criminal records check
- prove you have the right to work in the UK
- complete a DVLA check code
- take our safeguarding course (from 1 January 2019 onwards)
- take and pass our knowledge and competency test (from 1 January 2019 onwards).
Make sure you have read the Policy and Conditions and the Conditions Specific to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers relating to taxi and private hire licences.
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
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check
Obtain an enhanced 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 Enhanced 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 are not signed up to the update service you will need to undertake the online enhanced check.
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.
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.
|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|
|If you have a suitable Enhanced 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 are not signed up to the update service you will be required to undertake the online enhanced check - Information and instructions for applying for an online check|
|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)|
|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|
Please see the Fees page.
Does tacit consent apply?
No. For public safety reasons we must process your application before it can be granted.