Private hire and Hackney carriage drivers licence

Before you can drive a licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle you must obtain a driver's licence. If you do not have this licence and you drive one of these vehicles you will be committing an offence.

To be eligible to apply for a hackney carriage or private hire drivers licence you must have held a full UK DVLA driving licence for a minimum of two years.  Please refer to criteria for applicants.

Please see our full list of documents and application forms.

New applications - First steps

To apply for private hire and hackney carriage driver licence you are required to present your application in person by appointment only. Please ring 01827 709709 to make an appointment.

  Please note, postal applications will not be accepted.

The following documents will need to be completed/processed:-

You must bring with you the following documentation:

  • DVLA driving licence – compulsory (photo-card type if unable to present valid passport)
  • Valid passport – if you hold a valid passport it is compulsory that this is presented on application
  • Birth certificate – if available
  • Marriage certificate – if available
  • National Insurance number e.g. P45 - compulsory
  • Three recent passport size photographs - compulsory
  • Two documents (less than three months old) that shows your address

If you do not have all the documentation required the application will not be accepted. All documents produced on application must be valid, bear the same name, address and date of birth.

Following submission of  completed application form and fee, a Disclosure & Barring Service application form will be completed.  A medical appointment will be booked for you to attend at Aldergate Medical Practice Salters Lane Tamworth.

What happens next?

When all the documents have been processed and cleared, you will be required to attend a knowledge test.  If you fail the test you will be given the opportunity to do a retake.

When you have passed the knowledge test you will be advised by the Licensing Officer when your license/badge will be available for collection.

Contact us: Licensing, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7BZ
Tel: 01827 709674. Email: