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:

Please note that the service is currently incredibly busy with new driver applications.

The next available date for a new driver appointment is November 2018. Please be aware of this when you are submitting your pre-registration forms.

What you need to do

Stage 1

Step 1

Download the following forms which are available at the end of this section:

  • New Driver Registration Form
  • Application for licence to act as a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Driver Part A and B
  • VOSA Medical Report Form
  • Valid Identity document list

Step 2

Ask a Solicitor (Commissioner of Oaths) or a Justice of the Peace to complete the Application for licence to act as a Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Driver Part A and B 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 valid ID doc list). You must also sign up to the update service so you must bring with you a debit card for a £13 charge and direct debit (payment). This charge is in addition to the £44.50 that it will cost for the completion of  the paper DBS copy). If you have a DBS that is less than 6 months old at the time of the appointment we may be able to accept that providing you have also signed up to the update service. Please bring it to your interview.

Step 5

When you have completed the New Driver Registration form, please email the form to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Service on for an appointment.

Providing your registration form is fully and accurately completed an officer of the service will contact you to take a £30 payment and arrange an appointment for you.

At your 'New Driver Appointment'

At the appointment you will be required to bring all the documentation that you stated on the new driver registration form.

Officers will conduct a seminar with you, telling you of further requirements you will need to complete in order for you to obtain a licence.

You must at this stage take and pass the communication test, which is a conversation between yourself and an officer. There is also a requirement for you to complete and pass the written receipt test.

If you have held your driving licence for less than 3 years you will be required to complete an advanced driving course such as PASS PLUS. You will be required to arrange a Driving test yourself. If you have a valid Driving test pass certificate that is dated less than 12 months old at the time of your appointment we may be able to accept that document. Please bring it to your interview.

The link below will help you find the two companies who you can take your driving test with:

Please note: Failure to provide the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Service with the correct forms, documentation and fees will delay an application. If you fail the new application appointment it is likely you will incur further £30 fees for each subsequent appointment you need to book. A £30 payment will always be needed prior to booking another new application appointment.

Stage 2

You need ensure you book on to Driver Modular Training and the Knowledge Test (£30)

Driver Modular Training - This consists of 4 modules and is the standard training provided to all licensed drivers. The training is valid for a 3 year period from the point of completion and must be redone prior to the expiry date.

If you wish to drive a Wheelchair accessible vehicle then you must also book on to a separate training course which teaches you how to safely secure wheelchairs. Unless you have completed both elements of training you will not be able to drive a Wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Book you a Knowledge Test. 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 email 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 and bring a letter from them or ask them to email the service to 

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 signed by the solicitor.

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.

Please see the video below, which 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, eg 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?
  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

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