Search leicester city council
Main menu
Community & Living

Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Vehicle Drivers

Any person driving a licensed private hire vehicle or hackney carriage must be licensed as a Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver. The driver, vehicle and operator must be licensed by the same licensing authority.


The Licensing Section has 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 the Licensing Section requires:

  • an enhanced criminal record check
  • a medical examination
  • a topographical knowledge test of Leicester City
  • a practical driving test with the Driving Standards Agency - specifically aimed at taxi driving
  • a spoken English assessment


The applicant must have held a full British or EU Driver's Licence for at least 12 months.


Documents required for a taxi driver's licence application are as follows:


Applicants must also complete an application form for a criminal record check via the Disclosure & Barring Service (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. Renewal applicants will have a form posted to them in advance, or can complete a form at their licensing appointment.