To apply for a taxi driver's licence, you must have held a full Driving Standards Agency (DSA) driving licence for a minimum period of 12 months.

You can apply at any time of year, however, there is no reduction for licences issued part way through the year.

Applications normally take 6 to 8 weeks to process, depending on:

See further information about current taxi licence fees and charges.

Taxi drivers' licence application process

If you're a new taxi driver and wish to apply for your taxi driver's licence, you should:

During your appointment with our Taxi Licensing Team, you'll need to:

  • submit your DSA pass certificate and taxi driver's licence application form together
  • present your original driving licence (not a copy)
  • provide 2 recent passport photos
  • complete a DBS 'disclosure form'
  • provide identity documents (we'll tell you which are acceptable when you arrange your appointment)
  • pay the DBS disclosure form fee (by bank card)

Taxi drivers' safeguarding and knowledge training

As part of the application process, you'll need to attend a training day, designed to help applicants in their new role as a licensed driver. The training day ends with a written test on the topics covered as well as routes in York, locations and places of interest.

Training is provided by our Workforce Development Unit (WDU). To confirm fees and to book a place contact the WDU directly:

Download the following documents to help you prepare for your test:

Further training information is also available within our taxi driver application guidance notes.

Taxi drivers' medical exams

You'll be required to undertake a medical to DVLA Group 2 medical standard - our Taxi Licensing Team will provide you with a form.

Disclosure and Barring Service checks

For DBS checks, contact the DBS directly:

For current DBS check fees, see other taxi licensing fees and charges.

Taxi licence renewals

Taxi driver licences are renewed annually:

  • 'hackney carriage' licences are review on 1 June
  • 'private hire' licences are reviewed on on 1 November

Find out more about renewal of hackney carriage and private hire drivers' licences.

Tacit consent

If tacit consent applies, you can act as if your application has been granted if we do not respond within a specified time after confirmation of receipt of your application. However, not all applications fall under 'tacit consent' parameters, due to reasons of public interest.

Tacit consent does not apply to this application, therefore it is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.

In this case:

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • we'll contact you within 28 days to acknowledge receipt of your application
  • if you have not heard from us within 28 days, contact the Taxi Licensing Team to check the status of your application

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