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The application process for taxi driver licences is the same for both hackney carriage and private hire. Licences are issued for a maximum period of 3 years, but we may grant licences for a shorter period if deemed appropriate.
The following information gives guidance on how to apply for a new driver licence. For information on renewing an existing licence please see our page to Renew your taxi driver licence.
In order to apply for a new hackney carriage or private hire taxi driver licence, you need to have held a full driving licence for 12 months, be over 18 and have the right to work in the UK.
If you have an EC/EEA driver licence, it must be presented with a current DVLA counterpart (DP9). For information on applying for a DVLA counterpart please see GOV.UK - driving in Britain on a non-GB licence.
Your EC/EEA driver licence will be accepted for two years from the date of residency in the UK. After two years a UK driving licence must be produced.
In order to submit your taxi driver licence application, you must make an appointment with us at the Town Hall by calling 01772 906910. During this call you will be required to pay the application fee with a debit or credit card. For current fees please see the taxi licence fees page.
Before making an appointment, if you are concerned about issues regarding criminal or motoring convictions please refer to the 'Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy - The Relevance of Convictions (Appendix E)' found in the documents section.
If there are concerns about your criminal and/or motoring record, then the application will be referred to a hearing before the Taxi and Miscellaneous Sub-Committee.
You will need to bring the following documents with you to your appointment:
At your first appointment, a licensing technician will test your understanding of the English language. This will be done through an informal discussion about the application process and a number of multiple choice questions. This must be passed before you can arrange an appointment to take the local knowledge test.
If you pass the assessment, you will need to complete the following tasks:
* Please note that you will also be photographed for your taxi driver badge at this appointment.
You will be required to pay a fee for your:
You will need to pay by credit or debit card. For current fees please see the taxi licence fees page.
The test is normally held every Tuesday morning at the Town Hall (details at the bottom of the page).
It is a written exam with 10 questions. You need to answer 8 correctly. You will be asked to write down the shortest, lawful route between two locations, eg Preston Railway Station to Preston College or Evoke to Woodplumpton Road.
Before taking these tests you are advised to attain a good knowledge of Preston and
surrounding areas through publication's such as an A to Z of Preston. To assist you we have produced a list of routes from which the Knowledge Test questions will be selected. This can be viewed or downloaded from the documents section.
You may resit the Knowledge Test as many times as it takes for you to pass however please note that repeated failure of either test may result in your Criminal Record Check Certificate becoming more than 3 months old, which would then require you to submit a new application form to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
You will need to pay for resits by credit or debit card over the phone (number at the bottom of the page) at the time of booking. For current resit prices please see the taxi licence fees page.
Once you have successfully passed the English assessment and knowledge tests, you will need to attain the Edexel BTEC Level 2 certificate in 'Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver (QCF)'.
The course takes 5 - 6 days (including assessment). For more details on course dates, fees and to make a booking please contact our local training provider who are based in Blackburn. (Lancashire College of Further Education on 01254 433931).
Once you have completed the BTEC course, you need to make an appointment to see your doctor and ask the doctor to complete a 'medical report form', which can be found in the documents section or collected from the Town Hall reception. Once completed please return to the address at the bottom of this page.
Please note that your doctor may charge a fee for this service.
When you have received your Criminal Record Check certificate please send it to the address shown at the bottom of this page.
If this causes no concern and you have satisfied all other requirements, you will be granted a hackney carriage or private hire driver’s licence that will remain valid for up to 3 years.
You will also receive 2 identification badges. One to display on your person and the other in the licensed vehicle when acting as a licensed driver.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.