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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). 

From 4 April 2022, you must complete a tax check to renew a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence, or to apply for the same type of licence with a different licensing authority

Go to Complete a tax check for a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence to find out more information and to complete your tax check.

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

    Documents you will need to include in your application:

    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£74.00£74.00£104.00
    2 year licence£129.50£129.50£185.00
    3 year licence£184.00£184.00£261.00

    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
    Our address is:
    • Durham County Council
    • PO Box 617
    • Durham
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DH1 9HZ