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Taxi driver licence

If you’re applying for a licence in the former Taunton Deane Borough Council area, you must read our Taxi Handbook. It sets out our policies. It explains how we deal with applications from people with health problems or have criminal convictions.

For licences in the former West Somerset Council area, you must read the policy and rules about Hackney Carriage/Private Hire drivers to make sure you fully understand the requirements relating to drivers.

You must fill in all the application form except the 'Questions for Medical Advisor'. You must arrange a medical examination with your GP or another doctor and complete this part of the form.

Disclosure and Barring Service

You must also fill in a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application form. Look at the information on the website explaining how to fill out this form and the identification we’ll need to check. We only accept domestic bills relating to the address and show that you are the bill payer. These include gas, electric, water, landline phone and council tax bills.

As well as the application and DBS form, you will need to pay an application fee. The cost to apply for a 3 year taxi driver licence is £265.

Once you’re ready to send in your application you must get in touch with us to arrange an appointment. You’ll have to provide us with at least three documents proving your identity. This is part of the DBS process. We’ll tell you about the types of document we can accept when you make the appointment. We won’t accept your application if you haven’t brought enough ID, can’t pay the fee or haven’t completed the forms.

When we get a full application, we’ll send off your DBS form. It can take 2-10 weeks to get the results. You can track the progress of your Disclosure using your DBS form reference number.

If we can grant you a licence, we’ll aim to give you a paper licence and badge within 14 days of reaching a decision.

You’ll get a licence document and badge. The badge must be worn at all times when you’re working. The licence will last for three years. We’ll write to you about 2 months before the licence runs out to remind you to renew it.

This licence will allow you to drive both hackney carriage and private hire vehicles. You will need to apply for a hackney carriage vehicle licence or apply for a private hire vehicle licence for any vehicle that you drive.

Firmstep form Apply for a licence to act as the driver of a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle

Laws and regulation

Licences to act as the driver of a hackney carriage/private hire vehicle are issued under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and Town Police Clauses Act 1847.