You must take and pass all tests before you submit an application. Only complete applications will be accepted. Please see information below detailing all requirements.
You’ll need to complete a tax check when you renew your licence as a:
– driver of a taxi (hackney carriage)
– driver of a private hire vehicle (and dual licences)
– private hire vehicle operator
Please note the licensing team cannot answer any questions relating to Income Tax.
A driver’s licence is for the driver of a vehicle. You will also need a vehicle licence for the vehicle itself.
Before you apply:
You must apply at least six weeks before your current licence expires. You cannot drive without a valid licence.
A complete application includes:
We need all this information before we can issue a licence. We cannot guarantee to issue your new licence if you do not allow us at least six weeks to process the application. You won’t be able to drive your vehicle until we issue the new licence.
You must undertake safeguarding training to drive a school transport vehicle.
Once you have completed your training, you need to submit a copy of your certificate when you apply. You can book yourself on one of our training dates – the fee for this is £22.50. View possible training dates
Generally, 3 points on your DVLA licence will not affect your application. If you have 6 points or more, we will refer the application to a senior office or a committee to decide.
A vehicle licence is for the vehicle. You will also need a driver’s licence for each driver of the vehicle.
For your first application, contact us and we will assign a plate number for your vehicle. You will need this before your vehicle’s test so you can add it to your roof sign.
A vehicle licence lasts 12 months – you must apply again at least six weeks before your current licence runs out.
You must arrange a test for your vehicle at an authorised test facility. You can then complete an online vehicle licence form.
We only licence certain vehicles. You should check your vehicle meets these vehicle specifications
|Age of vehicle||Frequency of MOT||Frequency of compliance test|
|2 years and under||Not required||Once a year|
|3 to 5 years||Once a year||Once a year|
|5 years and over||Twice a year||Twice a year|
The application period can take over 12 weeks. Once you have made your application there will be a consultation period. After that your application will go to the Licensing Committee.
The licence lasts for one year. You must apply again at least six weeks before your licence runs out.
We offer support services for customers applying for a licence for the first time.
We offer two services:
If we refuse or revoke your licence you have a right to appeal within 21 days of the decision. We cannot offer guidance on making an appeal. You should seek independent legal advice.