P/H apply for driver licence


For the safety and protection of the public to drive a private hire vehicle in the East Staffordshire Borough Council area you must hold a valid private hire driver licence issued by us.

An English Language Oral Skills Assessment will be carried out at a cost of £28.99 prior to submission of your application.



Application form & guidance notes

Apply for a combined driver's licence

If you wish to apply for combined driver's licence you will need to download all of the above documents as well as Appendix G - Hackney Carriage Byelaws.

English Test

To demonstrate adequate English language skills you will be required to undertake and pass an English Language Oral Skills Assessment prior to submitting you’re application.

Guidance Notes – Oral Assessment

Attachments required

  • DBS disclosure application form
  • current DVLA Driving Licence (original, not a copy), both the paper and photocard parts
  • original EEA passport; or original British birth certificate and evidence of National Insurance number (P45, P60 NI card)
  • one recent utility bill stating your name and address less than 3 months old (gas, electric, bank or credit card statement)
  • a medical report completed by your own doctor.


To qualify as a driver you must:

  • have held a British DVLA licence for at least 12 months
  • Non UK Applicants - all applicants for a taxi licence are required to provide documentary evidence confirming their right to remain and work in the UK.  EU citizens must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to enable them to continue working in the UK.
  • have no relevant convictions or been determined by the General Licensing Sub Committee to be a fit and proper person
  • When an application is made to the licensing authority for the grant of a new or renewal of a private hire or hackney carriage driver's licence, the licensing authority will check the NR3 (Natoinal Anti-Fraud Network Register of Taxi Licence Refusuals and Revocations).
  • multiple motoring convictions on a driving licence will require the application to be determined by the Licensing Committee (the licensing authority will have regard to guidelines on relevance of convictions document).
  • be medically fit
  • pass a driving skills assessment with Road Safety Team
  • pass a knowledge and conditions test

Validity & renewals

3 years


Please contact Taxi Licensing in the first instance.