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Taxi and private hire dual driver licence

To drive a Hackney carriage (taxi), or a private hire vehicle (minicab) you must be licensed as a driver. This is called a dual driver licence as you are able to drive both Hackney carriages or private hire vehicles licensed by us

The licence allows you to work anywhere in the country, but the vehicles you drive must be licensed here too. If you work for a private hire company they must also hold a private hire operator's licence, granted by the same council the driver and the vehicle are licensed by.  

There are a number of mandatory checks needed before you will be licensed and you cannot work as a driver until your licence is granted. A licence lasts 3 years unless we decide a shorter time is more appropriate. 

You must hold a UK DVLA driving licence, and have the right to work in the UK to apply. 

Apply for a licence

You will need to download all the relevant forms from this web page and complete them. You will also need to pay for your application through our online system using a debit or credit card.

You'll need to do this ahead of making a virtual appointment for us to assess your application - you do not need to attend a virtual appointment. Contact us by telephone on 01623 457589 to make your virtual appointment. 

Once you have booked your virtual appointment send your completed application, including scans of any supporting documents, to us by email: licensing@ashfield.gov.uk.

You now need to contact us to book your virtual appointment and pay for your licence through our online system using a debit or credit card. 

Once we have all your paperwork and proof of your online payment we will carry out background checks at the time of your virtual appointment. These are: 

  • enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check (you also need to join their update service and maintain your registration)
  • DVLA driving licence check
  • medical checks
  • checks with any other council who you have previously been registered with. 

New applicants will be given a time at which to sit their Knowledge and Safeguarding tests. 

If everything is in order with your application and checks we'll grant your licence and send your badge to your home address. Licences last for 3 years and must then be renewed. 

What is the Knowledge test?

The Knowledge test lasts 90 minutes, and consists of questions relating to the rules and regulations of driving a Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle, an assessment of your English Language skills, and an assessment of your mathematic skills. 

What is the Safeguarding test?

Having sat the Knowledge test, you will then need to take a short session on safeguarding of vulnerable passengers.

The aim of this short session is to raise your awareness as to the indicators of risk that would enable you to identify a person who is at risk of abuse, neglect, trafficking, and to whom to raise your concerns. 

What medical checks are carried out?

You must be fit enough to carry out the demands of the job including carrying luggage or helping passengers in wheelchairs. Some medical conditions mean you are not allowed to drive professionally. 

The medical form you submit makes sure we know of any health conditions, or reasons why you might not be able to do the work. The form should be signed by a doctor and existing licence holders must renew their medical form at the ages of 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65. We can ask for a medical form to be submitted more often if we think it is needed. 

How much does a licence cost?

There are few elements which need paying for in order to get your dual Hackney carriage and private hire driver licence. You can pay by debit or credit card through our online system when you've submitted your application or at other times. 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire driver licence Cost
Dual driver licence - new application £247.20
Dual driver licence - renewal £212.80
DVLA check £5
Enhanced DBS check £44
Knowledge retest £44
Safeguarding retest £30
Refund driver licence £48.95
Replacement driver badge £15

 

Pay for your application

Who can I work for?

With a taxi and private hire dual driver licence you can drive a Hackney carriage or a driver a private hire vehicle – the vehicles must be also be licensed by us. 

If you drive a Hackney carriage you can be hailed in the streets or wait at ranks in the Ashfield area, and do pre-booked work anywhere in the country. If you drive a private hire vehicle, all your work must be given to you by a private hire operator licensed by us. 

You can licence a vehicle as a taxi or for private hire through this web page. 

Other ways to contact us about taxi and private hire driver licences

If you have a question about licensing or want to make a complaint about a taxi or private hire operator, vehicle or driver, you can contact us by: