Licensing information

Licences issued

The following figures cover the week ending Sunday 3 December 2023:     

  • Taxi driver licences - 17,692 a decrease of 14 on the previous week, there were 7 new licences issued
  • 15,885 hold All London licences and 1,865 hold Suburban licences*
  • Taxi vehicle licences - 14,690 - an increase of 29 on the previous week, there were 43 new licences issued
  • Private hire driver licences - 106,124 an increase of 7 on the previous week, there were 134 new licences issued
  • Private hire vehicle licences - 91,656 an increase of 179 on the previous week, there were 468 new licences issued
  • Private hire operator licences - 1,712 an increase of 12 on the previous week, there were 14 new licences issued

*The All London/Suburban breakdown is collated monthly (current numbers up to date as of 12 November 2023)

Taxi and private hire licensing figures by year:



Year Vehicles Drivers: All London Drivers: Suburban Drivers: Total
09/10 22,445 21,334 3,580 24,914
10/11 22,558 21,499 3,571 25,070
11/12 23,099 21,690 3,646 25,336
12/13 22,168 21,733 3,727 25,460
13/14 22,810 21,876 3,662 25,538
14/15 22,500 21,724 3,508 25,232
15/16 21,759 21,500 3,370 24,870
16/17 21,300 21,274 3,213 24,487
17/18 21,026 20,803 3,023 23,826
18/19 20,136 20,301 2,858 23,159
19/20 18,504 19,642 2,695 22,337
20/21 13,461 18,341 2,445 20,786
21/22 14,695 17,361 2,184 19,486


Private Hire

Year Operators Drivers Vehicles
09/10 2,882 59,191 49,355
10/11 3,111 61,200 50,663
11/12 3,164 64,063 53,960
12/13 3,159 66,975 49,854
13/14 3,038 65,656 52,811
14/15 3,006 78,690 62,724
15/16 2,814 101,434 78,139
16/17 2,430 117,712 87,409
17/18 2,373 113,645 87,921
18/19 2,206 106,777 88,113
19/20 2,113 111,766 94,712
20/21 1,955 105,329 77,726
21/22 1,710 99,937 80,857

Taxi and private hire driver postcode data

This document contains a breakdown of partial home postcode data for taxi and private hire drivers licensed in London. This data is accurate as of June 2023. 

Taxi and private hire driver demographic data

This document contains a breakdown of the taxi and private hire driver demographic, including data on the gender, age and ethnicity of licensees, and of Knowledge students who have yet to be licensed. This data is accurate as of June 2023.

Taxi and private hire fleet information

The following list is updated quarterly and provides details of the licensed taxi and private hire vehicle fleets in London. Please visit our vehicle licensing page to find out more about our licensing requirements.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

DBS Update Service

Help avoid delays with your DBS and save money, by signing up to the DBS update service. You can sign up from the date you receive your application reference number to 19 days after your disclosure has been issued.

The DBS update service is an online subscription service that lets you keep your DBS certificates up to date and allows employers to check a certificate online, with your consent. It also means that you don't have to make a separate application for an Enhanced Disclosure as part of your application to renew your licence. Maintaining your yearly subscription to the service costs £13 a year, which is cheaper than applying for a new disclosure every three years. The DBS Update Service will save you time, as further applications and ID checks will only be requested when an update has been made to your disclosure.  

You can register online as soon as you have your application form reference number. You can ask for the number when you apply for your DBS check. Or you can wait and register with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. If so, you must do so within 19 days of the certificate being issued.

When you join, you'll get an online account that lets you:

  • Take your certificate from one job to the next
  • Give employers permission to check your certificate online and see who has checked it
  • Add or remove a certificate

Read the detailed guidance for applicants.

Important information about DBS update service

  • If you have signed up for the DBS update service you are advised to retain your original DBS certificate.
  • If your certificate is lost or misplaced then you will be required to apply for a new DBS
  • If you change address you will need to inform the DBS update service but you will not be required to apply for a new DBS certificate.
  • If you change your name or have any new convictions, cautions or warnings then you will be required to undertake a new DBS certificate.
  • If you have signed up for the service and you lose your credit/debit card or it expires, you will need to contact the DBS update service to provide your new card details. If the DBS update service is unable to debit your account when required and your subscription is stopped, then your disclosure will no longer be valid.

Taxi and private hire financial summaries

All income we receive from licence fees must, by law, be spent on the delivery of taxi and private hire licensing and compliance activities.

Find out more about how we spend our licence fees: