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Apply for or renew a taxi or private hire driver licence

How to apply for or renew your taxi or private hire driver licence, what it costs and the documents you need.

This licence only covers you - you also need a licence for the vehicle you drive (see Apply for or renew a taxi or private hire vehicle licence). 

Before you apply

To apply you must:

  • be able to work legally in the UK
  • have held a full UK drivers licence, or equivalent, for at least 12 months

    Apply for a licence

    1. Complete your application form

    Complete Icon for pdf Hackney carriage or private hire driver application form (new driver) (PDF, 185.2kb)  or  Icon for pdf Hackney carriage or private hire driver application form (renewal) (PDF, 139.1kb) , alternatively you can apply online.

    2. Arrange an appointment with us

    Contact us to make an appointment so that we can view the the following documents:

    Licence costs

    We can issue one, two or three year licences. You must tell us on your application form how long you would like your driver's licence to last.

    New or RenewalTaxi driverPrivate hire driverJoint taxi and
    private hire driver
    1 year licence£71.00£71.00£100.00
    2 year licence£125.00£125.00£177.50
    3 year licence£181.00£181.00£256.00

    Differences between a taxi and private hire vehicle

    Whether you have a taxi (hackney carriage) or a private hire vehicle dictates the vehicle you drive and how you are able to pick up passengers - see How to travel safely in taxis which lists the differences. 

    How we use your information

    The Icon for pdf Privacy notice - licensing - taxis (PDF, 64.8kb)  explains how we use your personal information to administer taxi and private hire licensing in County Durham. It includes how long we keep the information for and when we might share it with a third party such as Inland Revenue, Police, Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenues and Customs.        

    Contact us
    03000 261 016
    Our address is:
    • Durham County Council
    • PO Box 617
    • Durham
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DH1 9HZ
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