Our new online process makes applying and renewing taxi and private hire licences quicker and easier. As part of the ongoing modernisation of our taxi and private hire licensing service, you can now create an online account. This means that if you're a taxi and private hire driver, or applicant, you can apply for or renew and existing licence and track its progress during the application process.
If you wish to apply, you can start your application by registering online. Details of the criteria to be met can be found below.
You will be asked to provide some personal details so we can create an account for you and allow you to complete your online application or request an application pack.
As part of your application, you will need to provide a photograph of yourself. See our "Photo guidance" about the type of photograph we will accept.
If you have ever lived in a country other than the UK for one or more continuous periods of three months please download the "Living and working abroad" form and submit this with your application.
Before you can start learning the Knowledge, you need to apply to be a licensed taxi driver and have your application approved.
The time it takes to become a licensed driver depends on whether you choose to learn the All-London Knowledge or a Suburban sector.
To apply for a licence, you will need to meet the following criteria:
You must meet our character and medical requirements.
You must be of good character. To establish this you will be required to undertake an 'enhanced' criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) through our service provider - GBGroup
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has an online subscription service that lets applicants keep their DBS certificates up to date.
You must be medically fit which means meeting the DVLA Group 2 medical standards. In most cases, this will mean that you will have to undergo a medical examination with someone who has access to your full medical history
Payment can be made via all major credit or debit cards by completing the appropriate section in the application form. Other payment options are available via the Post Office® 'Check and Send' service.
The table below highlights the typical cost of an application. However, some costs may vary.
|DBS disclosure application
|Licence application fee (non-refundable)
|Grant of licence fee||£180|
|Knowledge of London written examination
(All London only)
|Knowledge of London appearance
(One off payment)
|DSA Hackney Carriage driving test (payment to DSA)||£92.94 (normal hours)
£112.34 (evenings and Saturdays)
£50 (wheelchair test only)
|Post Office® Check and Send
(Payable to your GP who can advise you of the cost)
Becoming a licensed taxi or private hire driver is open to all. If you're a disabled person and interested in becoming a driver, there are some things to consider.
We try to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to get through the application and assessment process. However, there are some medical conditions that, for public safety reasons, will mean you can't be licensed, so it is important that you discuss your situation with your GP before you apply. For full information on medical guidelines please refer to the DVLA Group 2 guidelines.
Some licensed taxis and private hire vehicles have modifications made to them to enable people to drive them.
Vehicle adaptations include:
Drivers who use vehicle adaptations will need to be assessed by a medical professional and driver assessor. They will recommend what adaptations are needed and exactly what equipment must be fitted to ensure the driver has full control of the vehicle at all times.
The recommended adaptations and equipment must be fitted by an authorised motability installer. Documentary evidence that the installer is authorised is required. Before you have any equipment fitted or adaptations made to your vehicle, you should first contact our licensing team.
If you have completed a enhanced disclosure including both barred lists under the workforce code of 'Other' in a relevant occupation, in the last four months, you are exempt for requiring a further check.
Applicants are exempt from completing a medical form as part of their application if they: