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Apply for a drivers licence

It is an offence to drive, or employ someone to drive, a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle in the borough without a licence issued by the council.

Who can apply for a licence

Application Process for New Combined Driver Licence [74KB]

There is no limit on the number of licences that we issue to companies, but there are several conditions.

Drivers must:

  • be 21 years of age or above
  • have held a driving licence for over 12 months
  • show that they are a fit and proper person (we may ask about your current circumstances)

It is an offence to mislead the council by giving us false information.

How to apply

 New Drivers Licence Application Form [89KB]

Approving your application

Once the forms have been completed, you must come into the council offices at Leek to have any documents checked on one of our weekly drop in sessions.

The appropriate fee should also be paid at this time; you can pay by debit or credit card at the council offices. Please note that cash can't be accepted.

All drivers must complete a BTEC Level 2 Qualification in the introduction to the role of the Professional Taxi or Private Hire Driver OR the NVQ Level 2 certificate in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving (Taxi and Private Hire Driver) OR an equivalent.

Details on enrolment at the University of Derby

What it costs

Read about our fees and charges

Convictions

 If you have convictions you may be required to attend before the Licensing Panel to explain the circumstances and it will then be for the elected members to decide whether you should be granted a licence.

Renewals

How to renew your drivers or vehicle licence.