You can apply to renew your hackney driver's licence for either 1 year or 3 years. 

How to apply

Before applying to renew your hackney carriage driver licence you'll need to make sure that you can still meet the conditions of our hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy.

You'll need to let us have your renewal application at least a month before your licence expires. 

What you'll need

You'll need to let us have:

  • A completed and signed hackney carriage driver renewal application form
  • Documents that demonstrate your right to work in the UK.  The Immigration Act 2016 now means that we have to check that all applicants for a hackney carriage driver's licence have the right to work in the UK.  The list of documents that are acceptable can be found at the back of the application form.  If you've completed the right to work check before you won't need to do this again unless your right to work in the UK is not indefinite.

We'll let you know in your renewal letter what other documents you'll need but this could include:

  • A DVLA check code which lets us view your driving licence history online.  We have to check this once a year.  The check code is very case sensitive so we'll need you to tell us which characters are upper case and which are lower case.   The check code only lasts 21 days before it expires.  We'll also need to see your original photocard driving licence to complete this.
  • A recent passport sized photograph that is a true likeness of yourself - you only need to let us have a new photo if your appearance has changed.
  • A criminal records check reference number.  We have to carry out an enhanced criminal record check known as a DBS check for each of our hackney drivers every 3 years.  We use a company called uCheck to provide these checks. 
    If you are due to have a DBS check, you'll need to make an appointment to bring in 2 forms of identification so that we can countersign your DBS check.  The main documents acceptable for this are either your passport or original full birth certificate and a bank statement or utility bill which is less than 3 months old.  You'll also need to pay the fee of £67.
  • A medical report.  All hackney driver's need to have a new medical report completed every 3 years, or every 1 year if you are over 65 or have a relevant medical condition. Your GP will need to complete a medical report form to assess your health and certify you as fit to drive a taxi.  You'll be sent this form with your renewal letter if a medical is due.

Any fees you have to pay to complete these requirements are non refundable and are paid at your own risk.  We can't consider your renewal application if any of your documentation is out of date.

Please be aware that although we try and remind all of our driver's when their licences are expiring, this is your responsibility and you must make sure your renewal application is given to us in good time with all necessary documentation.  If your licence has not been renewed before the expiry date, you'll have to apply for a new driver's licence and complete all of the checks that a new driver has to. 

Payment

You'll need to pay a fee to us ro renew your hackney carriage driver's licence.  Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.