Apply for a licence, or make a change to your existing licence.
Becoming a Licensed Driver
To become a licensed driver you need to have held a full DVLA driving licence for at least 12 months.
You will need to apply for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire drivers licence. You may also need to apply for one or more of the following licences:
- Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence
- Private Hire Vehicle Licence
- Private Hire Operators License
Differences between a Hackney Carriage and a Private Hire Licence
As a Hackney Carriage driver, you can make yourself available for immediate hire on a designated Hackney Carriage Stand (taxi rank). You can also be hailed whilst in motion.
As a Private Hire driver, you must operate through a private hire operator and can only take booked fairs. You cannot ply for hire.
Applying for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Driver's Licence
To apply to become a licenced driver, you will need to submit the following documents at one of our Fenland @ your service shops or Community Hubs:
- New Driver Application Form [28kb]
- Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Pass Certificate [68kb]
- Complete Grade 2 DVLA Medical Examination Form [55kb]
- Completed DVLA Mandate Form (D796) [104kb]
- 1x Passport Style Photograph of applicant [39kb]
- Your full DVLA drivers Licence
- DBS certificate (previously known as a CRB check) - Please note Fenland District Council are no longer able to provide DBS forms as are not an authorised signatory. Please refer to DBS for guidance.
You will also need to provide the appropriate fees. When you have submitted your application, you will be invited to book a place for the next exam.
One Year Licence
Three Year Licence
New / Grant
New / Grant
Driver Licence - Hackney Carriage and Private Hire applications
New Driver applications also require a fee of £50.00 for the Knowledge Test (details will be sent to the driver once and complete valid application has been received).
Renewal applications may also require a payment of £5.00 and a completed DVLA mandate - this will be indicated on the driver renewal documents.
Renewing your existing Driver Badge
The Licensing Authority will automatically send you renewal information around 6 weeks prior to your expiry date.
You will require a DBS and DVLA check in every 3rd year of your licence. Medical examinations to Grade 2 standard will be required every 5 years from the age of 45. From the age of 65, a medical will be required annually.
Updating your Hackney Carriage or Private Hire licence - personal details, penalty points, convictions or driver's health
As a licensed driver, it is a condition of your licence that you must notify the Licensing team of any change in name, address or employer. You can do this by completing the Notification of change of details form [12kb] and returning to Licensing with the appropriate fee (£10.50)
Under the conditions of your licence, you must disclose to the Licensing team within 7 days details of any penalty points, cautions, convictions or prosecutions - pending or otherwise. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01354 654321.
You must also inform us immediately about the onset or worsening of any health condition.
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy & Conditions - please note the conditions are currently being reviewed. If you have any queries please contact email@example.com