Applying for a private hire driver licence
All licensed private hire drivers must work for a licensed private hire operator. There are licensed operators all across London, offering a variety of services. Once licensed, you can drive in any part of London.
In order to be licensed, you will need to meet the following criteria:
1. You must be at least 21 years of age at the time of applying. There is no upper age limit, as long as you meet the other licensing requirements.
2. You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland, or other EEA state driving licence for over three years.
3. You must have the right to live and work in the U.K.
4. You must be of good character. To establish this you will be required to undertake an 'enhanced' criminal records check from DBS through our service provider - TMG CRB.
5. You must be medically fit which means meeting the DVLA Group 2 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.
6. You will need to undertake a topographical skills assessment from an accredited assessment centre.
Before submitting an application, please consider if you have any of the following convictions, if so, it is unlikely your application will be successful:
i. Any conviction for a major violent offence (murder, manslaughter etc)
ii. You have more than one conviction of any type of violent offence in the last 10 years
iii. You are still serving a custodial sentence, even if you have been released early on licence or the sentence was suspended
iv. Have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for a serious sexual offence (rape, indecent assault, trafficking, possession of indecent images etc)
v. Have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for more than one sexual offence of any type, irrespective of age
vi. Are listed on the Individual Safeguarding Agency's barred list
vii. 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.
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How to apply
If you can meet the above criteria and wish to apply, you can now start the application process online or download the private hire application pack (PDF 510KB) .
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, there 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:
- Steering wheel ball
- Hand operated braking controls
- Hand operated accelerator control
- Reconfigured foot pedal controls
- Infra-red control panel for operating vehicle lights, indicators and horn
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.