How do I become a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Driver?

Are you eligible to be a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Driver?

If you can answer yes to all of the questions below then you may apply for a licence.

  • Are you 18 or over?
  • Have you held a full British or EU Driving Licence for 1 or more years?
  • Have you got a basic understanding of spoken and written English?

If you have any Criminal Conviction Points (CCPs) or Driving Licence Points (DLPs) please read the following:

What you need to do

Stage 1

Step 1

Download the application pack

The pack includes:

  • New Driver Application Form
  • VOSA Medical Form
  • DBS documentation requirements (I.D)
  • Guidance Notes for Application Pack
Step 2

Ask a Solicitor (Commissioner of Oaths) or a Justice of the Peace to complete the New Driver Application Form which is known as a Statutory Declaration. The application form requires a passport sized photograph which must be signed on the reverse by the person completing the Statutory Declaration.

Please note: When completing your statutory declaration that this is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 2014 and you must declare all convictions and cautions.

Step 3

Ask your GP to complete the Vehicle and Operators Services Agency (VOSA) group 2 medical form.

Step 4

Make sure you have all the appropriate documentation for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form to be completed. (See pages 3 and 4 of this document)

Step 5

When you have completed the New Application Pack Check Sheet, please ring Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Service on 01274 434316 for an appointment.

At the appointment we will tell you about your requirements to complete a DSA Test. If you have held your driving licence for less than 1 year you will be required to complete an advanced driving course such as PASS PLUS. Please see DSA website for further details on that course.

After your appointment, you need to contact the DVLA to book a Driving Standards Agency (DSA) test. You can book your test online at

When you have completed the practical taxi test, you will receive a certificate.

If you have any queries about this element, you must contact the DSA helpline on 0300 200 1122 and not the licensing department. (Fee payable direct to DSA Agency)

Failure to provide correct forms, documentation and fees will delay the application

Stage 2

Once you have your DBS back you need to come to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Service with your DBS and fees for training (£30) and we will:

  1. Book you on the Training Modules
    • Council conditions and legislation
    • Customer care and personal safety
    • Disability and equality awareness
    • Safety and security of wheelchair passengers
  2. Book you a Knowledge Test. This is a computerised test held at Shearbridge. The test is 45 minutes long and there are 40 multiple choice questions (50% pass mark required) - More details about this test are detailed at the end of this section.

Stage 3

Once you have successfully passed the DSA, DBS, Training Modules and Knowledge Test the next step is to make an appointment to obtain your Badge. Please ring 01274 434316 to book your badge appointment.

When you attend your badge appointment remember to bring your full driving licence, pay the remaining fee and you will also need to know the name of the Operator you will be working for.

We will then provide you with your driver’s badge

The whole application process must be completed within 1 year from the date your application is presented to us at Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Service.

The fees paid for the DBS and Training Modules are non-refundable.

Driver training - vehicle checks

The service introduced practical vehicle safety checks as part of the new and existing licence holder training programme. These checks came into force earlier in the summer of 2014.

To assist drivers and operators with this requirement we direct you to the following useful location - and go to “operator information”. On there you will see an example of a vehicle check sheet.

Please also click on the following link which will take you to a website which shows a short video clip This shows a vehicle safety check being completed.

The video clip needs to be viewed prior to attending training. If you attend training and have not watched the ‘video clip’ you are likely to fail training.

You have to pass the “vehicle safety check” to successfully complete training and be awarded a training certificate.

Knowledge test for new applicants

The Knowledge Test consists of 40 questions with each question having 4 possible answers. The questions are read out by the Officer conducting the test and the applicants then get 30 seconds to answer each question. Applicants are to register their answer using a multi choice handset (training will be given).

The test focuses on key places, locations and landmarks within the Bradford District, e.g. in Keighley, Shipley, Ilkley, Bradford.

It is important that as a potential driver, you know where the public may want to go. Please be familiar with local hotels, restaurants, parks and historical buildings.

The following 2 questions are examples of the type of question that might be on a test when you attend.

  1. What is the name of the hotel with a golf course in Esholt? Is it:
  2. If you go to watch Rugby League at Cougar Park which town in the district are you in?

To familiarise yourselves with these types of questions and the necessary answers please take time to do research or homework prior to attending your knowledge test.

Application to become a Hackney Carriage Driver

Application to become a Private Hire Driver

Forms and information for drivers