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Renew your drivers licence

Coronavirus: Licensing - Taxis

You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

The risk of transmission is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance.

If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.

Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.

Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.

Only travel into, out of and within areas under local lockdown if your travel is essential.

Applicants for the renewal of existing Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers’ licences will be sent a renewal reminder approximately six weeks before their existing licence is due to expire. This is a courtesy service only and licence holders are reminded that ultimate responsibility for ensuring that their licence is renewed on time remains with them.

All applications for renewal are only dealt with in person at the Licensing Office during the allocated times. Once a licence has lapsed, it cannot technically be renewed and a new application will be required, along with all necessary documentation and fees.  A new licence will not be granted until all necessary checks have been carried out.  The applicant will not be entitled to drive during this period.

Failure to submit a new application within 1 month from the expiry date of the previous licence will result in the applicant having to undertake a new medical and CRB disclosure. The new licence will not be granted until the above checks have been carried out.

Application Procedure

All renewal applications for a driver’s licence issued by the council shall be made on the specified application form supplied by the Licensing section. The application form must be signed by the applicant in all instances. All applications for renewals must be submitted in person.  If you are not going to be able to submit your renewal in person, please inform the Licensing office on 508505.

Appendix B - Procedure for driver renewal