Applying for a taxi driver licence
Before you can start learning the Knowledge you need to apply to be a licensed taxi driver and have your application approved.
The time it takes to become a licensed driver depends on whether choose you to learn the All-London Knowledge or a Suburban sector.
To apply for a licence, you will need to meet the following criteria:
- You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of applying (although you cannot be licensed until you are 21 years of age). There is no upper age limit, as long as you meet the other licensing requirements.
- You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland, or other EEA state driving licence.You must have the right to live and work in the U.K.
- You must be of good character. To establish this you will be required to undertake an 'enhanced' criminal records check from the DBS through our service provider - TMGCRB.
- You must be medically fit which means meeting the DVLA Group 2 medical standards. In most cases, this will mean that you will have to undergo a medical examination with someone who has access to your full medical history.
Before submitting an application, please consider if you have any of the following convictions, if so, it is unlikely your application will be successful:
- Any conviction for a major violent offence (murder, manslaughter etc)
- A conviction of any type of violent offence in the last ten years
- If you are still serving a custodial sentence, even if you have been released early on licence or the sentence was suspended
- If you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for a serious sexual offence (rape, indecent assault, trafficking, possession of indecent images etc)
- If you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for more than one sexual offence of any type, irrespective of age
- If you are listed on the DBS regulated activity list
- Have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for touting in the last 12 months or have more than one penalty for touting in the last five years
This list is not exhaustive, please see our guidelines for applicants with criminal convictions.
|DBS online application||
|DBS paper application||
|Post Office Check and Send||
|Medical||Payable to your GP who can advise you of the cost|
|Knowledge of London written examination
(All London only)
|Knowledge of London appearance
(One off payment)
|DSA Hackney Carriage Test (payable to DSA)
a. Normal hours (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00)
b. Evenings and Saturdays
c. Wheelchair test only
|Issue of licence fee||
How to apply
If you can meet the above criteria and wish to apply, you can now start the application process online or you can download the taxi driver application pack (PDF 760KB).
If you have stated on your application form that you have lived in a country other than the UK for one or more continuous periods of 3 months or more within the last 3 years please download the living and working abroad form (PDF 3131KB).
Becoming a licensed taxi or private hire driver is open to all. If you're a disabled person and interested in becoming a driver, here are some things to consider:
We try to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to get through the application and assessment process. However, there are some medical conditions, that for public safety reasons, will mean you can't be licensed, so it is important that you discuss your situation with your GP before you apply. For full information on medical guidelines please refer to the DVLA Group 2 guidelines
Some licensed taxis and private hire vehicles have modifications made to them to enable people to drive them.
Vehicle adaptations include:
Drivers who use vehicle adaptations will need to be assessed by a medical professional and driver assessor. They will recommend what adaptations are needed and exactly what equipment must be fitted to ensure the driver has full control of the vehicle at all times.
The recommended adaptations and equipment must be fitted by an authorised motability installer. Documentary evidence that the installer is authorised is required. Before you have any equipment fitted or adaptations made to your vehicle you should first contact our licensing team.