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Hackney carriage driver and vehicle

Hackney carriage driver application requirements

To be a Hackney carriage driver you:

  • must be 21 years old or over
  • must have a full UK/NI/EU driving license which must have been held for a minimum of 2 years
  • should have no more than six current penalty point (endorsements) on their DVLA driving license
  • will need to obtain a certificate of good conduct from the appropriate Embassy or High Commission (a certified English translation of this document is required) if they have been a resident in the UK for less than five years.

Any applicant with a conviction, caution, motoring offence or fixed penalty notice must declare so at the time of application. The application will then be referred to the licensing manager for a decision to be made in accordance with our:

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If you wish to apply for a hackney carriage driver’s license, please email the licensing team at for more information.

Hackney carriage vehicles

We currently have a limit in place on the number of hackney carriage vehicle licenses issued, therefore applications for new vehicle licenses cannot be accepted.