Taxi licensing

We issue licences for hackney carriages, private hire vehicles, drivers and private hire operators, and carry out inspections to ensure that standards are maintained.

Further information

Licences for drivers, vehicles and operators must all be issued by the same licensing authority.


We issue a single licence for drivers, which allows them to drive either a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle.

We have a duty to ensure that licences to drive hackney carriages and private hire vehicles are only granted to 'fit and proper' persons.

In order to establish whether applicant is a 'fit and proper person' to be a licensed driver we require:

  • an enhanced criminal record check (Formerly CRB, now DBS - disclosure and barring service)
  • a medical examination
  • a topographical knowledge test of the city of Leicester
  • a practical driving test specifically aimed at taxi driving. Please see details below.
  • a spoken English assessment
  • the applicant must have held a full British or EU Driver's Licence for at least 12 months.
  • a check all applicants’ immigration status. Details of acceptable documents are available on the Home Office website.

Renewing your taxi operator licence

To renew your licence please download the form at the bottom of this page.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Applicants must also complete an application form for a criminal record check via the DBS. As each form has a unique number these cannot be made available online. Forms can be completed at the customer service centre when new applications are made. Applicants will have a form posted to them in advance, or can complete a form at their licensing appointment. Please find guidance documents below.

Driving assessments

We now have three companies to provide the practical driving assessment. You can take the assessment with any one of them, as they are all working to the same standards. You need to make arrangements for your assessment directly with the company that you choose, including payment of a fee at the time of booking. 

The company details are as follows

Defensive driver training

IAM road smart

Junction 17 Defensive Driver Training Ltd

  • Website:
  • email
  • phone 01270 766 487 or 01270 875 891 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday).
  • Out-of-hours enquiries can be made via the online form, and will be followed up the next working day. 

Once licensed, all drivers are required to complete an awareness course on child sexual exploitation within three months of their licence being granted. This applies to existing drivers from their renewal date between November 2015 and October 2016 inclusive. It applies to all new drivers from November 2015 onward.

The cost of this will be met by Leicester City Council for existing drivers but new applicants will be charged an additional £20 when they first apply for a driver’s licence.

Penalty points

We operate a penalty points scheme. Details of recent enforcement actions are attached below.

Hackney carriages

Please see the information on the Hackney carriages section.

Private hire vehicles

Please see the information on the private hire vehicles section.