There are licensed operators all across London, offering a variety of services. Once licensed, you can drive in any part of London.
In order to be licensed, you will need to meet the following criteria:
Before submitting an application, please consider if you have any of the following convictions which are likely to make you application unsuccessful:
This list is not exhaustive. Please see our guidelines for information on applicants with criminal convictions.
|CRB online application||£56.85|
|CRB paper application||£58.85|
|Post Office Check and Send||£7.15|
|Medical||Payable to your GP who can advise you of the cost |
If you can meet the above criteria and wish to apply, you can now start the application process online or you can download the private hire application pack below.
If you have lived in a country other than the UK for one or more continuous periods of three months or more within the last three years, please also download the living and working abroad form.
Becoming a licensed taxi or private hire driver is open to all. If you're a disabled person and interested in becoming a driver, there are some things to consider.
We try to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to get through the application and assessment process. However, there are some medical conditions that, for public safety reasons, will mean you can't be licensed, so it's important that you discuss your situation with your GP before you apply. For full information on medical guidelines, please refer to the DVLA Group 2 guidelines.
Some licensed taxis and private hire vehicles have modifications that enable people to drive them. Vehicle adaptations include:
Drivers who use vehicle adaptations will need to be assessed by a medical professional and driver assessor. They will recommend what adaptations are needed and exactly what equipment must be fitted to ensure the driver has full control of the vehicle at all times.
The recommended adaptations and equipment must be fitted by an authorised motability installer. We require documentary evidence that the installer is authorised.
Before you have any equipment fitted or adaptations made to your vehicle you should first contact our licensing team.
We may exempt drivers from certain requirements if we feel it is appropriate.
Some requirements apply automatically to an applicant, and some an applicant/licensee will have to apply for either when submitting an application or during the life of their licence.
All private hire drivers are required to wear their driver badge during private hire duties.
There are exemptions from doing so if:
Taxi and PHV drivers must carry guide, hearing and other assistance dogs accompanying disabled people without any additional charge. Drivers can ask for an exemption from this, but only on medical grounds.
If we have designated a taxi or PHV as wheelchair accessible, drivers must provide physical assistance to passengers in wheelchairs without any additional charge. We can exempt a driver from these duties on:
Private hire applicants are required to undertake a topographical skills assessment as part of their application. However, the following applicants may be exempt if they are:
The following applicants will be exempt from undertaking a further check:
Applicants are exempt from completing a medical form as part of their application if they:
Active applicants or existing licensees must have a medical exam if you are over the age of 45 and the last medical was done more than three years ago or if you are subject to providing an age-related medical.
To apply for any of the above exemptions please email us at email@example.com stating the exemption you wish to apply for. We will email you the correct form.