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Private hire driver's licence

Before making any application, please ensure you have passed both the Knowledge test and the two required DSA tests.

All applicants must pass the Private Hire Test Assessment. You must also pass the Wheelchair Test Assessment if you plan to drive a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Once you have passed these tests you can then arrange to have your pdf icon medical check [189kb] done by your doctor.

When you have your completed medical and your pass certificates, please call the licensing team on 01483 444371 to make an appointment to apply for your licence.

At the appointed time, you must bring the following:


At the appointment, we will complete a DVLA Mandate and DBS (was CRB) Disclosure Application for you to sign. For the DBS you need (as many of these as possible - those in bold are essential):

  • Passport (if you were born outside of the UK you also need proof of your eligibility to work in the UK)
  • Full DVLA Driver's Licence (including photocard and paper counterpart)
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • National Insurance number on a document
  • Three (3) proofs of current address (utility bills, council tax, bank statements, etc.)
  • Your full address history for the past five (5) years, including the month and year you moved (if applicable).

Please note: If you have lived outside the UK in the past five (5) years, you will need a letter of good conduct from the embassy or consulate of that country. This must be from the embassy or consulate that is based in the United Kingdom.

If you do not bring all of these documents, you will not be allowed to make an application.

Private hire vehicle licence

Use our pdf icon Private hire vehicle application form [113kb] to apply for a licence or make changes to your existing licence.

Private Hire Vehicles (PHV) must be booked via a licensed private hire operator.

Licences for private hire will only be granted to vehicles that meet the pdf icon vehicle specifications [166kb].

Evidence required at application


  • A valid certificate of insurance covering the passenger for hire and reward, as well as third party risks must be produced
  • Vehicle registration document V5 (necessary to prove the details of the vehicle) or new owner tear off slip from the V5 registration document
  • Proof of ownership (Bill of sale) - not required for a renewal
  • If on hire purchase the hire purchase agreement is required
  • HPI report (for vehicles that are pre-owned) - not required for a renewal
  • Vehicle inspection form. You can book your vehicle in online to Woking Road Depot.


Fees below from 1 August 2015.

Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Vehicles
Taxi: Vehicle Application or Renewal Fee (including 2 Vehicle Tests and Licence Plate)


Taxi: Vehicle Change


Taxi: Vehicle Change with Test£105.00
Hackney or Private Hire Plates£18.50
Private Hire: Application or Renewal Fee (including 2 Vehicle Tests and Licence Plate)


Private Hire: Vehicle Change£47.00
Private Hire: Vehicle Change with Test


Vehicle Test Fee£57.00
Taxi and Private Hire: Any Amendment to Licence£11.50
Taxi and Private Hire: Transfer of Interest£50.00
Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Drivers
Taxi and Private Hire Application or Renewal Fee


Taxi Knowledge Test


Private Hire Knowledge Test£19.00
CRB Check Fees (Statutory)


Taxi and Private Hire: Any Amendment to Licence


Taxi and Private Hire: Replacement Badge£10.00
Convert from Private Hire Driver to Taxi Driver£55.00

Last updated: 31 July 2015 15:03 PM