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Private hire and hackney carriage - Driver licences

Last Modified February 15, 2016

If you want to drive a private hire or hackney carriage vehicle you need a licence. Before being granted a licence, you need the following:

Driving Licence

You must have held a full UK driving licence no less then 12 months.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS Check)

You need to contact Hertsmere Borough Council to do a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced application.

You must provide a current passport (with a legal right to work in the UK), driving licence held for more than a year (photo card type), National Insurance, and at least two other documents for proof of identity.

The formal application process does not start until/unless a favourable reply has been received from the DBS.

More information is available in the Guidelines Booklet for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driver and Vehicle applicants and at the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

Medical examination

A certificate of fitness must be completed and signed by your own registered GP.

The certificate needs to be completed on:

  • The first licence application
  • Every five years after the first application up to your 65th birthday and every two years thereafter.
  • At other times when required/requested, eg after a medical operation or prolonged period of ill health.

Knowledge tests

New applicants must undergo and pass a knowledge test before a driver licence can be granted. You must get 15 of the 20 route-type questions correct and eight out of 10 Highway Code questions correct. We recommend you sit the knowledge test soon after you have given in your application.

DVSA taxi driving tests

New applicants must pass a Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) taxi driving test. Further information and fees of this test are available on request or by visiting DVSA website.


You must provide four colour passport sized photographs.


Applicants from outside the European Economic Area will be required to prove they have authority to work in the UK. i.e. UK visa or suitable documentation issued by the Home Office

Read our guidance information and complete our application form:


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