Hackney carriage and private hire drivers' licences

Planned maintenance to the Planning Portal

Due to an upgrade to the Planning Portal between 9.00am on Friday 24 November and 6.00pm on Saturday 25 November, you'll be unable to view documents online during this time.

To apply for a taxi driver's licence, you must have held a full driving licence for a minimum period of 12 months.

Taxi driver licences are renewed annually, 'hackney carriage' on 1 June and 'private hire' on 1 November. 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 how long your Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check takes to process and how long you take to pass the written knowledge test.

Taxi driver's licence application process

The application process for new taxi drivers is:

At your appointment with our taxi licensing team you will:

  • submit your DSA pass certificate and taxi driver's licence application form together
  • present your original driving licence (not a copy)
  • provide two 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 £44 disclosure form fee (by bank card)

Written knowledge test

As part of the application process you'll need to pass a 'written knowledge test' on the city of York:


You'll be required to undertake a medical to DVLA Group 2 medical standard - our taxi licensing team will provide you with a form.

Tacit consent

This process does not fall under 'tacit consent' parameters:

  • you cannot assume permission will be given
  • our taxi licensing team will be in contact with you regularly to keep you up-to-date

Licence renewal

Find out about renewing your licence.

Further information

Get information on taxi vehicle licences and licence fees.

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