Taxi licences

Licences you need for your business

If you are looking to set up a business as a professional driver you may need several different licences.

Hackney carriage licences 

If you intend to pick up fares at a taxi rank, on the street or take bookings by telephone, you will need a hackney carriage drivers licence and a proprietors licence for your vehicle.

The two licences you will need:

Private hire licences

If you intend to be a driver who will only take pre-booked work, then you will need a private hire drivers licence (to drive the vehicle) and a private hire operators licence (which will enable you to take bookings). You will also need to licence the vehicle as a private hire vehicle. As an operator, you will be able to have other licensed drivers working for you. 

The three licences you will need:

If you are unsure which licence suits your needs, please contact the Licensing Team.

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