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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers

Once you have passed your knowledge or basic skills test and a driving assessment you should contact the licensing office to make an appointment to further your application. You will need to bring with you your knowledge/basic skills test and driving assessment pass certificates and you will complete the following forms:

  • driving licence application form
  • Disclosure & Barring Service application form (formally CRB)
  • DVLA mandate form

A medical examination must also be completed by a general practitioner (GP) who can undertake the DLVA Group 2 medical, you will need to arrange this direct with a suitable GP or medical practice, or please contact the Licensing Service for further advice.

**Please note, the D4 form must be completed, and in addition the GP must complete and sign the South Gloucestershire Council declaration form**

You are required to bring the following documents with you when you attend the appointment at the licensing office and each subsequent renewal thereafter

  • passport or birth certificate
  • DVLA photocard driving licence
  • proof of address, dated within the last three months (e.g. utility bill, bank statement, benefit statement, credit card statement)
  • proof of National Insurance number
  • proof of right to work in the UK
  • one passport size photo

Please note that failure to submit all the required information at the appointment may result in the application being deemed improperly made, should this be the case you will then be required to book a further appointment at the Licensing office subject to appointment waiting times.

It is a legal requirement that drivers of either Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicles must hold a licence to drive those vehicles from this licensing authority.

We will grant and issue a licence to an applicant provided the applicant has held a European Union (EU) full driving licence for at least 12 months, and has been deemed a “fit and proper” person.

There is no judicially approved test with regard to assessment of a “fit and proper” person, however, when determining whether a driver is fit and proper we will consider amongst other things; the applicant’s relevant skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications, medical fitness, criminal record and previous history as a licence holder. The cautions and convictions which we consider to be relevant offences when considering an application for either the grant or renewal of a licence are stated in Appendix A of the current Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2018

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