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:
- Apply for a private hire drivers licence
- Apply for a private hire vehicle licence
- Apply for a private hire operators licence
If you are unsure which licence suits your needs, please contact the Licensing Team.