Tuesday 22 January

Due to maintenance, some of our online services may be unavailable from 9pm this evening until 8am tomorrow morning. Please don't complete an online form during this time. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Services which may be unavailable

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.