Apply for a private hire drivers licence

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

Apply for a private hire licence

You must email your completed application form and supporting documents to licensing@solihull.gov.uk.

We will then contact you to arrange for you to attend in person by appointment only.

Please note that children are not allowed at the depot.

Please remember to bring a recent passport photograph with you.

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, photocard driving licence, and at least 2 of the following:

  • recent bank statement
  • credit card statement dated within 3 months
  • utility bills ( for example, gas, electric or water) also dated within 3 months
  • a recent Council Tax statement.

We no longer accept paper disclosure application forms.

Your driving licence

While we no longer need the paper counterpart of your DVLA driving licence, we still need to check your entitlement to drive and whether you have any motoring convictions.

You must obtain a check code from the DVLA website which allows us to check the status of your driving licence.

We've prepared instructions on how to obtain a check code.

Suitability Assessment

Once you have submitted your application you will be invited to attend a Suitability Assessment and will be given a booklet to assist with your revision

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
  • vehicle maintenance
  • after you have been granted a licence

If you fail the test, you can re-take it 2 more time and a re-test fee will be charged. If you fail three times your application will be cancelled. You may however, re-apply at any time.