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Taxi Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Drivers Licence

How to apply

In order to apply for a Hackney Carriage /Private Hire Drivers Licence you must be 21 years of age or over and have held a full DVLA drivers licence for 12 months. You must also be considered to be a fit and proper person to hold such a licence.

Step 1

Apply for Driver's Licence Application for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire

Apply for Vehicle Licence Application for Hackney Carriage

Apply for Vehicle Licence Application for Private Hire

Or pick one up from the Worcestershire Hub, Vicar Street, Kidderminster.

Once completed contact us to make an appointment to pick up a Disclosure and Barring Service (D.B.S) form.
The Licensing Authority is by law allowed to check with the D.B.S for a Enhanced criminal conviction record check.

Step 2

When you have fully completed the D.B.S Disclosure please contact us to make an appointment for a licence interview.

You will be given an appointment time and date to see the Officer.

Step 3

At the appointed time and date bring to your licence interview the following documentation:

  • the completed D.B.S Disclosure application form
  • the completed Drivers application form
  • 2 written references
  • 3 passport type photographs of yourself
  • your DVLA drivers licence
  • your completed medical certificate (this can be produced later if not done)
  • your Passport
  • your Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • your Birth Certificate
  • your P.45 P.60 (National Insurance Number)
  • 2 means of documented evidence to prove your current address.

At your interview the Licensing Officer will check your D.B.S Disclosure application form and if it is correctly completed will countersign it and forward it to D.B.S .

The D.B.S makes a charge for the Disclosure application. You will be required to pay this to the Licensing Officer at your interview. You can pay by cash or cheque. Cheques to be made payable to Wyre Forest District Council.

Step 4

Whilst at your interview you may make an appointment to take your Knowledge Test. Payment for the test should be made at time of the test. Payment to be made payable as above.

The Licensing Officer will brief you regarding the requirements of the Knowledge Test.

Step 5

Once you have successfully passed the Knowledge Test and all other documents (including Disclosure) have been received and your application is accepted your Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence will be issued to you. The Licensing Officer will inform you of the relevant fee to be paid. Payment to be made payable as above.


We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions or queries on the application please contact us.

Hackney Carriages & Private Hire Vehicles

There are two different types of vehicle that are licensed by us. They are Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles.

Hackney CarriagePrivate Hire Vehicle
Can park on an authorised taxi rank Must be pre-booked with a licensed private hire operator
Will display a yellow plate on the rear bumper

Will display a red plate on the rear bumper

Can ply for hire or be hailed by prospective passengers in the controlling district Cannot stand on a rank and cannot ply for hire
Must be driven by a licensed Hackney Carriage driver at all times whether or not the vehicle is working Must not operate independently from a private hire operator
   Must be driven by a licensed private hire driver

Please see our Hackney Carriage Vehicle conditions below under guidance notes.

Please see our Private Hire Vehicle conditions below under guidance notes.

For more information contact us

Guidance Notes

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licences - Conditions of Licence (36K)
Private Hire Vehicle Licences - Conditions of Licence (40K)
Private Hire Operator Licence - Conditions of Licence (18K)
Driving Licence Conditions (22K)
Hackney Carriage Byelaws (83K)
Complaints and Dispute Procedure (74K)

Application Forms

Operator Licence
Driver's Licence Application for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire
Vehicle Licence Application for Hackney Carriage
Vehicle Licence Appliation for Private Hire
Transfer Ownership of vehicle

DVLA Mandate and Disclosure and Barring Service application forms will be provided by the Licensing Officer upon demand from the applicant via appointments made via Licensing Surgeries on Thursday of each week.

Strictly by Appointment only, contact us to make an appointment.

Table of fares

Taxi fares for Hackney Carriages are set by the Council and calculated by a taximeter fitted in the vehicle. Hackney Carriages must be fitted with a taximeter, but it is optional for Private Hire vehicles. The taximeter displays the maximum charge payable for a journey, but drivers are free to charge less than the fee calculated by the taximeter.

Table of fares

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