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Hackney Carriage Driver Licence , Grant & Renewal

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A licence is required before any person can drive a Private Hire Vehicle. Licenses are issued subject to proof of eligibility (age, driving licence, criminal records check, medical assessment etc.)
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How to Apply

An applicant must have held a full Driving Licence for not less than 12 months and must hold such a licence at the time of their application. In addition, before the Council can issue a Licence they must be satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person.


TypeGrantAnnual Renewal
Grant of Hackney Carriag Drivers Licence (Inc DVLA, DBS & Knowledge Test) £216.00 £92.00
Hackney Carriage Knowledge re-test £21.00 -
DVLA Check (every 3 year after grant) £10.00 -
DBS - Formally CRB (every 3 years after Grant) £48.00 -
Class 2 Medical Certificate (every 5 years after grant until the age of 65 and then every year thereafter) Cost determined by Medical Practitioner -


  • Fully complete and sign a relevant application form.
  • Provide a full DVLA photo card Driving Licence (held for at least 12 months) detailing your full, current postal address.
  • Provide a completed and signed D.B.S application form. This form will have to be requested direct from the Licensing Office
  • Provide a completed medical report form indicating your fitness to drive a licensed vehicle.  The report must have the Doctors stamp endorsed on it.
  • Provide Original EU passport *evidence you are entitled to work/reside in the EU/UKmindefinitely.
  • Pass the Private Hire Driver test

The Council has the discretion to grant or refuse the licence. Some applications may be referred to the Council’s General Licensing and Regulation Committee for determination.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing within 14 days of the decision being taken.

Legislation and Conditions

 Processing and Timescales

Once all paperwork received from applicant and outside agencies, and the Private Hire Knowledge Test has been passed. The licence can be granted on the same day. 

Appeal/Redress mechanisms:

The applicant would be able to appeal any decision by way of complaint to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of being notified of the Council’s decision.

Contact Details:

You may make your application; 

  • In person: By appointment - offices are open 9.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday

By post:

Licensing Section
Civic Offices
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8AR


Hackney Carriage Driver Grant Application

Hackney Carriage Driver Renewal Form

DBS & Criminal Convictions Policy

DVLA Driving Entitlement consent form

Example of Hackney Carriage Driver Test Hackney Carriage Byelaws

Hackney Carriage Fare Card

Medical Form A

Medical Form B

ID checking guidelines

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