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Taxi and private hire vehicle licences

Driver's licences - private hire and hackney carriages

Before being considered for a licence, you will need to have held a full DVLA licence (or suitable equivalent) for a minimum of one year.

In order to submit your application, you MUST first contact the Taxi Licensing Section on 01482 300 300 to arrange an appointment.

The list of task and assessments below details what the driver must complete to become a licensed private hire taxi driver.

Task or assessment Cost
Hackney carriage / private hire driver's licence application including photo, DBS check, DVLA mandate £140 (one year)
£247 (three years)
BTEC Level 2 for Professional Taxi and Private Hire Drivers £245 + VAT
Local knowledge test £15 + VAT
Communication and speaking assessment £15 + VAT
Driving assessment £66
Literacy and numeracy assessment £20 + VAT
Group 2 Medical Report Dependant on your own GP's charges

You also need to provide -

  • a document with your National Insurance Number
  • a medical examination report completed by your own GP. This must be submitted to the Licensing Section within 28 days of completion (blue form)
  • a completed application form (green form) 
  • two written character references (professional and personal – both being recent, signed, addressed and dated)
  • a letter of good conduct and/or character reference from your country's embassy (for applicants who have been resident abroad within the last five years)
  • you are be required to attend an appointment to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and submit your application. The Licensing Section can accept an Enhanced DBS disclosure if it less than 28 days old.  If you have already signed up to the Update Service, you are required to complete a consent form so we can carry out a status check.

The following must also be completed -

  • Driving assessment
  • Literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Communication and speaking assessment 
  • BTEC Level 2 for Professional Taxi and Private Hire Drivers
  • Knowledge test

If any application is not completed within six months (from the receipt of the DBS Disclosure), it will become invalid and a fresh application will be required. This includes a new DBS Disclosure, medical and driver application fee.

Immigration Act 2016

The Immigration Act 2016, which came into force on 1st December 2016, amends existing licensing regimes in the UK to seek to prevent people without lawful immigration status and the right to work from holding taxi or private hire driver or operator licences.

Licensing authorities are now under a duty not to issue licences to people who are disqualified by their immigration status from holding them.  In order to discharge this duty your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licence application.  This could include the authority sharing data with the Home Office in order to check your immigration status.

You must therefore provide a document or document combination that is stipulated as being suitable for this check.  The list of documents is shown below.

You must bring the original document(s) such as a passport or biometric residence permit so that the check can take place.  The document(s) will be copied and the copy retained by the licensing authority.  The original document(s) will be returned to you.

If there are restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will not be issued for any longer than this period.  In such circumstances, the check will be repeated each time you apply to renew or extend your licence.  If, during this period, you are disqualified from holding a licence because you have not complied with the UK's laws, your licence will lapse and you must return it to licensing, failure to do so is a criminal offence.

To ensure we do not discriminate against anyone, all licence applicants will be treated in the same way during the licence applications process.
 
Following the correct checks, applicants who have a permanent right to remain in the UK and produce a document(s) from List A, will not require further checks when they subsequently apply to renew or extend their licence.

List A -

No immigration restrictions on right to a licence in the UK. Once we have undertaken the necessary check, we will not have to repeat the check when you subsequently apply to renew or extend your licence.

1. A passport showing the holder, or a person named in the passport as the child of the holder, is a British citizen or a citizen of the UK and Colonies having the right of abode in the UK.

2.  A passport or national identity card showing the holder, or a person named in the passport as the child of the holder, is a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland.

3. A Registration Certificate or Document Certifying Permanent Residence issued by the Home Office to a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland.

4. A Permanent Residence Card issued by the Home Office to the family member of a national a European Economic Area country or Switzerland.

5. A current Biometric Immigration Document (Biometric Residence Permit) issued by the Home Office to the holder indicating that the person named is allowed to stay indefinitely in the UK, or has no time limit on their stay in the UK.

6. A current passport endorsed to show that the holder is exempt from immigration control, is allowed to stay indefinitely in the UK, has the right of abode in the UK, or has no time limit on their stay in the UK.

7. A current Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office to the holder with an endorsement indicating that the named person is allowed to stay indefinitely in the UK or has no time limit on their stay in the UK, together with an official document giving the person's permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

8. A full birth or adoption certificate issued in the UK which includes the name(s) of at least one of the holder's parents or adoptive parents, together with an official document giving the person's permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

9. A birth or adoption certificate issued in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland, together with an official document giving the person's permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

10. A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen, together with an official document giving the person's permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

List B -

Immigration restrictions on the right to a licence in the UK. We may issue the licence (subject to statutory limitations) up to the expiry date of the permission to work in the UK. We will need to check immigration status each time you apply to renew or extend your licence.

1. A current passport endorsed to show that the holder is allowed to stay in the UK and is currently allowed to do the type of work in question.

2. A current Biometric Immigration Document (Biometric Residence Permit) issued by the Home Office to the holder which indicates that the named person can currently stay in the UK and is allowed to do the work in question.

3.  A current Residence Card (including an Accession Residence Card or a Derivative Residence Card) issued by the Home Office to a non-European Economic Area national who is a family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland or who has a derivative right of residence.

4.  A current Immigration Status Document containing a photograph issued by the Home Office to the holder with a valid endorsement indicating that the named person may stay in the UK, and is allowed to do the type of work in question, together with an official document giving the person's permanent National Insurance number and their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

5.  A Certificate of Application issued by the Home Office under regulation 17(3) or 18A (2) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, to a family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland stating that the holder is permitted to take employment which is less than 6 months old together with Verification from the Home Office Evidence and Enquiry Unit. The licence may be granted for six months from the date of the Certificate of Application.

6. A Verification issued by the Home Office Evidence and Enquiry Unit to you, which indicates that the named person may stay in the UK because they have an in time application, appeal or administrative review and which is outstanding . The licence may be issued for six months from the date of the licence decision.

Literacy and numeracy assessment

This is an evaluation of your literacy and numeracy skills completed by Motor Trades Group Training Association (GTA).

There are two tests at a cost £10 (+VAT) per test. The evaluation is usually completed in less than two hours and Entry Level 3 (Maths) and Level 1 (English) is the minimum standard required.

Knowledge test

This is an evaluation of your knowledge of the legislation and street names with Hull. This test take place in two parts, taking around two hours to complete and costs £15 (+VAT) -

Part one - identifying street names (45 out of 60 is required to pass)
Part two - written routes

Communication and speaking assessment

This assessment involves the ability to accurately describe the route taken between location one and two. There are five 'planning a route' journeys and you must complete three out of five successfully to pass this part of the test. This assessment costs £15 (+VAT).

BTEC Level 2 – Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver

In order to obtain a Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence, applicants are required to register and complete the BTEC. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted but proof of the certificate is required.

The BTEC is designed to support and enhance the knowledge of prospective drivers who wish to begin or continue a career in transporting passengers.

We can provide a course provider through Motor Trades Group Training Association (GTA). Please contact GTA reception desk on 01482 353 022 or via email heather@motortradesgta.org  

The course is currently spread over three weeks. Alternatively, you can arrange your own course provider.
 
Download the conditions and procedures handbook and frequently asked questions below for more information -



Application forms



PDF Icon DVLA Mandate (size: 125.7 Kb)
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The equal opportunities form is not mandatory.


Contact us

Licensing section
Hull City Council
33 Witham
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 554
Email: licensing.requests@hullcc.gov.uk

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