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Apply for a private hire driver's licence

To drive a private hire vehicle (PHV), you must hold a private hire driver's licence issued by the Council. This licence does not allow the holder to drive a hackney carriage (taxi).

To qualify for a licence you must be deemed 'fit and proper' by us. This covers your:

  • medical fitness
  • driving record
  • criminal convictions

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions)(Amendment) Order 2002 allows us to take into account all convictions recorded against an applicant or the holder of a private hire vehicle licence, whether spent or not.

We check all relevant convictions, particularly where there is a long history of offending or a recent pattern of repeat offending. If you wish to discuss what effect a caution/conviction may have on your licence application, please contact our licensing officer in confidence by calling 01483 444371.

Before you apply for a licence you must have passed:

  • The Knowledge test (you must have passed within three months of making your application)
  • The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test.

Applying for a licence

You will need:

Please note: If you have lived outside the UK in the past five 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 UK.

Your application may be rejected or placed on hold if you send it in without the required documents.

Renewing a licence

You will need:

  • completed pdf icon renewal application form for a Private Hire driver [101kb]
  • two passport-sized photographs, taken within the last three months
  • the licence fee payable by credit or debit card
  • full DVLA Driver's Licence
  • completed pdf icon DVLA Mandate form. [262kb] 
  • enhanced pdf icon DBS Certificate [53kb] issued less than three months before the date of application
  • proof of right to live and work in the UK such as passport, residence permit
  • drivers licensed before 9 December 2015 must complete the BTEC Qualification Certificate in the role of the professional taxi and private hire driver before 1 January 2019. After this date, your licence will not be renewed unless you have completed the qualification (see below for a list of providers of this course).

If you are renewing your licence, the completed application, including the above items, should be received by us at least 15 working days before your licence expires.

You may either:

  • bring the above items to our main reception (Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB)
  • post completed documents to us and pay over the phone with a debit or credit card
  • scan and email them in PDF format and pay over the phone with a debit or credit card.

We will contact you once your licence is ready for collection and this is when you must return your old licence plate.

Requirements from 2015

On 9 December 2015, we updated our pdf icon Licensing Policy [959kb] and now new drivers must obtain a BTEC Qualification in "The Introduction to the role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver". See our pdf icon list of providers for the course [164kb] but these are not endorsed or recommended by us.

Each provider sets their own charges and timetable for the qualification.

Data protection

As a licensing authority, we may be required by law to disclose to the appropriate authorities, from time to time, further information relating to applications and licences for the purposes of law enforcement and the prevention of fraud.




Last updated: 2 February 2016 11:26 AM