Guide Taxi Policy and Guidance

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8. Obtain a HMRC tax check code

HMRC requires authorities to carry out tax registration checks (Tax Check) for Hackney Carriage, Private Hire Driver and Private Hire Operator licences from 4th April 2022.  This is to check that you are registered with HMRC for Tax and Self Assessment, if necessary.  This applies if you are:

    • renewing a licence
    • applying for the same type of licence you previously held, that ceased to be valid less than a year ago
    • applying for the same type of licence you already hold with another licensing authority

To do this you will need to obtain a Tax Check code from the website, where you can also find more information and guidance on what you have to do.  You can also refer to the Tax Check Factsheet so you understand what is required.   When you’ve completed the tax check, you’ll be given a 9-character check code.  You’ll need to give this code to us so that we can confirm you have completed the tax check.  You can fill this code in on your driver application or renewal form or send this to us by email. 

We will only receive confirmation from HMRC that you’ve completed the tax check and we will not have access to information about your tax affairs.

If you have not yet registered for tax and self assessment, or have forgotten your Government Gateway user ID or password visit HMRC Services: Sign in or Register

We cannot proceed with your licence renewal or grant your licence until you have completed the tax check and provided us with a valid code.