Our online process getting driving licence for taxi and private hire vehicles Inside London and Outside London makes applying quicker and easier. You can now create an online account with us and get your process followed until the licence is done. This means that if you’re an applicant, you can track its progress during the application process done with. Buy driving licence for taxis and private hire vehicles
As part of the process, you will be asked to provide some personal details so we can create an account for you and allow you to complete your online application.
To apply for driving licence for taxis and private hire vehicles, you will need to meet the following criteria:
- You must be at least 18 years old at the time of applying (although you cannot have a taxis and private hire vehicles until you are 21 years old). There is no upper age limit, as long as you meet the other licensing requirements
- You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland, or other European Economic Area state driving licence
- You must have the right to live and work in the UK
You may also need:
- a medical examination
- a ‘knowledge’ test
- to take a driving test
Buy driving licence for taxis
Those that can wait to pick up passengers from public taxi ranks. This licence will only be legally permitted to pick up people from the roadside and won’t be allowed to take private, pre-arranged bookings.
There are several advantages to driving a Taxi. Primarily, you can be your own boss and work the hours you want. You simply get in the car, put the key in the ignition and drive around to look for clients.
The biggest downside is that your local council – i.e. the organisation that will grant you your taxi licence – set the fare rates, which doesn’t give you the flexibility to cash in during unsociable hours such as Bank Holidays and late nights.
Buy driving licence for Private Hired Vehicles (PHV)
If you don’t want to drive a taxi, the only alternative is to drive a PHV. PHVs, also known as minicabs, are only permitted to pick up pre-arranged bookings and cannot accept fares for those looking to hail a cab from the roadside. There are plenty of advantages to being a PHV taxi driver too.
Firstly, you only work when you have bookings and don’t waste time sitting in taxi ranks waiting for fares that might never come. Secondly, apps such as Uber have made it even easier to expose your services to potential customers. However, if you plan on being a PHV driver, you’ll need a system for taking bookings in advance. Of course, the easiest way is to work for a taxi operator, but this may give you less flexibility in terms of the hours you can work. There’s also heaps of competition on apps like Uber in the bigger cities, so be prepared to work hard to find your fares.
Get a taxi driver license and Private Hire Vehicles
whether you choose to become a taxi driver or a PHV taxi driver, you’ll need a license for it. How you go about to apply for a license uniquely depends on your location. If you’re planning on driving a taxi inside the boundaries of London, you’ll need to apply for a license with Transport for London (TfL).
Those wishing to work as a taxi driver outside of the capital will need to apply with their local councils. If you’re unsure what is your local council, contact. Us to make it easy to find out based on your postcode. Requirements for taxi driving license applications differ from council to council.