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Taxi licensing

We issue licences for hackney carriages, private hire vehicles, drivers and private hire operators. Our taxi licensing inspections ensure that standards are maintained.

Before you apply

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 applicants who are ‘fit and proper’.

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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Applicants must also complete an application form for a criminal record check via the DBS. When applying for a new taxi driver’s licence you will be sent a temporary link to the online DBS service that will expire after 14 days. Once you have submitted your DBS application, you will need to bring documents to prove your identity to the Customer Service Centre for verification.

DBS checks are repeated every three years, and existing licence holders will be sent a form in advance, or can complete a form at their licensing appointment.

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. 

Please use the links below to get in touch with a company:

Defensive driver training

IAM road smart

Awareness course

Once licensed, all drivers are required to complete an awareness course on child sexual exploitation within three months of their licence being granted. 

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 taxi driver’s licence.


It is important that you apply to renew your licence well before your existing licence is due to expire. You can apply to renew your hackney carriage/private hire driver licence using the quick link ‘Apply to renew hackney carriage/private hire driver licence’ at the top of this page.

You will need to sign up for an account which will save your personal details for any future applications, as well as enabling you to access other online council services.

You will need to upload images of your DVLA driving licence (both sides) and details of the DVLA Check Code that you have received from the DVLA.

If you need a medical, the form must be completed by the applicant’s registered GP or a doctor within that surgery. If this is not possible you must contact the licensing authority for advice.

Annual renewals for diabetic drivers

A form needs to be filled in by your (driver’s) registered GP for renewal applications. It needs to be printed, fully completed, stamped by the GP and returned to:

  • Licensing Authority, Leicester City Council, Phoenix House, 1 King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RN or submitted with the driver’s renewal appointment.

Print the Annual renewal form for diabetic drivers (PDF).

Tax check

If your licence expires after 4 April 2022, you will be required to provide us with a code that will enable us to check with HMRC that you are registered for tax purposes – more information can be found at New rules on tax checks.

After submitting your application to us

  1. Once we have received your application, you will receive an automated email telling you that we will check your application.
  2. We will then send you a further email confirming how long you can have a licence for and what other checks need to be carried out, for example, DBS Check/Medical/Diabetic report. The second email will contain a link to make the correct payment and allow you to upload any other documents that we need from you.
  3. Davis licence check have now been appointed to undertake the DVLA checks on our behalf. You will receive a separate email from this company asking you to complete a mandate form which will allow us to access your DVLA record directly. This email will come to you after you have applied to renew your licence. The mandate will be valid for three years and means that we will not require you to obtain a code yourself from the DVLA for any further checks during this three-year period.

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Frequently asked questions 

We will do our best to process your application promptly and we will be in touch with you as soon as we can to either ask for more information or to send you your licence. However, if you haven’t heard from us at all within 10 working days please email us at

When a licence is granted it will be sent as a pdf file to the applicant by email.

Driver badges are produced in batches and will be posted as soon as possible after the licence has been granted. If you have not received your badge within 7 days of receiving your licence by email please contact In the meantime please make sure you have the licence we emailed with you whenever you are working and continue to display your previous badge.

Vehicle licence plates and door signs are produced by our supplier in batches and posted directly to the licence holder. If you have not received your plate / door signs within 7 days of receiving your licence by email please contact In the meantime please make sure you have the licence we emailed with you whenever you are working and continue to display your previous plate.

Contact us

You can contact the taxi licencing team by email: