Private Hire Driver Licence

To apply for a licence you will require:

  • a full UK driving licence held for at least 2 years
  • no unspent criminal convictions
  • eligibility to work in the UK

Before you apply

Before submitting your application you must complete the following

Driving assessment with the DSA (Driving Standards Agency)

Your can book your assessment online or call 0300 200 1122 and ask to book a private hire taxi assessment.

For further information concerning the DSA driving test visit Gov.uk

Once you pass the driving assessment your certificate will be valid for 12 months.

Disability training

Training includes:

  • finding out what a disability is
  • understanding our legal obligations 
  • developing practical guidelines for interacting with disabled people 

The course consists of 3 hours classroom based study and a 45 minute test and costs £45. Once you pass the disability course your certificate will be valid for 3 months.

To book a place please call 0121 678 7000.

Medical

First of all, get your own GP to complete a Medical History Form. Your GP may charge for this service.

Then make a medical appointment with our approved doctor at Coventry Road Medical Practice.

  • Telephone: 0121 743 2154

Completed medicals will be valid for 1 month.

Apply for a licence

To apply download an application for a private hire drivers licence.

You must deliver your form by hand to our Licensing Office

Licensing Office
SMBC Central Depot - Block A
Moat Lane
Solihull
B91 2LW

Office opening times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 9.30am to 2.00pm
  • Wednesday - closed

Please note that new applicants must attend the office before 1.00pm to submit your application.

You must have completed the application process within 3 months (unless there are exceptional circumstances), otherwise it will be cancelled.

Disclosure and barring service (DBS) disclosure

Before attending the licensing office to submit a new application or renew your badge, you must submit an online DBS disclosure (Once you have clicked on the link enter LICTEA within the 'Organisation Reference' box and leave the 'Password' box blank). 

Follow all the steps, and at the end of the process, make a note of the reference number you are given. When you come in to renew your badge, bring the reference number with you along with supporting documents. These should be your passport if you have one, driving licence both parts, and at least 2 of the following: Recent bank statement, credit card statement dated within 3 months, utility bills ( for example, gas, electric, water ) also dated within 3 months, or a recent Council Tax statement.

Guidance notes are available if you require further support.

We no longer accept paper disclosure application forms.

Suitability Assessment

Once you have submitted your application you will be invited to attend a Suitability Assessment

The assessment will involve a mix of verbal, written and multiple choice questions on the following subjects:

  • highway code
  • vehicle and driver conditions
  • customer service 
  • enforcement 
  • driver safety 
  • taxi specific laws and regulations 
  • how to license a vehicle 
  • geographical knowledge 
  • vehicle maintenance 
  • after you have been granted a licence 

If you fail the test, you can re-take it 1 more time and a re-test fee will be charged.  If you fail twice your application will be cancelled and you will not be able to re-apply for 12 months.

Fees and charges

View our complete fees and charges

The preferred methods of payment are card or cheque. Cash payments can be taken at:

Private Hire Driver Licensees

If you hold a private hire drivers licence the following forms are available:

If you hold a licence and move address you must notify us in writing. You must also ensure that you obtain an updated driving Licence from the DVLA.

Feedback

Is this information helpful?

Tell us how we can improve this page



Contact us

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.
If you continue to use the site, we'll assume you are happy to receive all cookies. For details, please see our privacy policy.