Becoming a taxi driver

Types of licenses

There are three types of drivers:

  • a private hire driver - a licensed driver who can only drive private hire vehicles
  • a hackney carriage - a licensed driver who can only drive hackney carriage vehicles
  • a joint driver - a licensed driver who can drive both types of vehicles. 

Please note - We  can only offer a joint hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence (JDL) and  Additionally Conditioned Drivers (ACD) licence (Please refer to our Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Licensing Policy [pdf] for further details).

ACD’s are single licences that allow the holder to drive additionally conditioned private hire vehicles only.

If you're applying for an additionally conditioned private hire driver’s licence you'll be exempt from the local knowledge and simple arithmetic and visitor information sections of the required knowledge test. However you won't be licensed to drive “standard” Private Hire Vehicles or Hackney Carriages.

Regulation Summary

The licence is issued under the provisions of Part 11 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 or a Hackney Carriage licensed driver by the council under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, Section 10 of the Deregulation Act 2015 and is referred to as a driver's licence.

The Licence Holder is also subject to the conditions contained in our Licensing policy [pdf].

Am I eligible?

To get a driver's licence we have to determine whether or not you're a 'fit and proper person' to hold a licence. It's for you to demonstrate this to our satisfaction as we have a duty to establish that each applicant is ‘fit and proper’.

To assess a driver’s suitability and status as a ‘fit and proper person' we carry out a series of tests and checks with various organisations, this ensures we can determine your application fairly and consistently. You're advised not to incur any expenditure until each stage has been successfully completed.

Applications must be successfully completed within six months from the date the initial application is made to ensure that all information is still relevant. If not completed within six months you'll be required to start the application again resulting in additional cost.