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Overview

To drive a private hire vehicle you'll need to be a licensed private hire driver, drive a licensed private hire vehicle and either hold a private hire operator's licence or work for a licensed private hire operator. 

Apply for a private hire driver licence

If you want to drive a private hire vehicle you will need to apply for a private hire driver licence.

Apply for a private hire vehicle licence

If you want to licence a private hire vehicle you will need to apply for a private hire vehicle licence.

Apply for a private hire operator's licence

If you want to work as a private hire operator you will need to apply for a private hire operator's licence.

Renewing your licences

You'll need to apply to renew your private hire driver's licence before it expires.  We try to remind licence holders when their licence is due to expire but it is the responsibility of each driver to know when their licence expires and renew this in time.  If you don't renew your driver's licence before it expires, you'll need to make a full new application which includes a knowledge test, medical, DBS and driving licence check.

You'll also need to renew your private hire vehicle licence each year and if your vehicle reaches 14 years of age, you'll need to bring this in for an inspection before the licence can be renewed.  

You'll also need to renew your private hire operator's licence before it expires.  Again we try to remind licence holder's when this is due to expire but it is your responsibility to renew this in time.