Apply or renew a private hire operator licence

Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 76 (the 'Act'), any booking for a private hire vehicle must be made through a licensed private hire operator. A private hire driver is not permitted to take bookings directly from a passenger. Essentially, the passenger is entering into a contract with the private hire operator, who in turn makes a record of the booking and dispatches a licensed driver and vehicle to satisfy that booking. The operator is responsible for the booking once made.

The following provides information regarding what requirements a private hire operator needs to adhere to, as well as, how to apply for such a permission.

Bookings

In order to satisfy a booking, an operator is only permitted to dispatch drivers and vehicles licensed by the same local authority as themselves i.e. An operator licensed by Chichester District Council (CDC) can only despatch a CDC licensed driver and vehicle. This does not prevent bookings being taken for journeys that start and/or finish outside of the Local Authority's area.

Operators are required to keep records of all their bookings in a format and level of detail determined by the council. This may include paper logs or computer records.

Fares should be agreed in advance at the time of booking, provided detailed journey information is given.

Operators may sub-contract work to another licensed operator.  However the original Operator will remain responsible for that booking in spite of sub-contracting it. They must also keep a record of each sub contracted booking.

Operator's base & planning permission

Any prospective operator will need to apply to the Authority where their base is to be situated and the majority of the work will occur. The operator's base must be where bookings are taken and records can be inspected. This can range from a commercial office to a domestic premises.

Please ensure that the appropriate planning consent is in place before an application is submitted as any breach of the planning legislation may result in the Planning Department taking enforcement action. If a residential property is used and the applicant wishes to nominate it as the operating base, then it is strongly advised that they also obtain written confirmation from the landlord or letting agent, consenting to use of the property for such a purpose.

Application - form 

Before applying for a licence it is strongly recommended that applicants refer to the relevant legislation, as well as, the conditions and policies adopted by Chichester District Council. Please ensure that the application is made in the name of the correct person or organisation. There are essentially 3 options:

  1. If the applicant is the sole owner of the private hire operation, they should apply for a licence as an individual. Please note that adopting a trading name does not in itself qualify as a company.
  2. If the applicant is a company, the company will be registered with Companies House and will have a company number.
  3. If the applicant is not a registered company or sole owner, but are trading with a number of people in a partnership, then the application should be made in the name of the un-registered firm or partnership (this could simply be the trading name).

Information regarding fees associated with an application for a private hire operator's licence can be found on the web page, .

If you wish to discuss applying for an operator's licence, please contact the Licensing Team.

Application - criminal records check

Anyone named within an application is required to provide certain information regarding a number of matters in order for this Authority to be satisfied that they are 'fit and proper' to be operating a private hire business. This includes providing details regarding employment, financial and criminal convictions history. This Authority also reserves the right to request a criminal records check to be undertaken of any person(s) making such an application, if it is felt necessary to do so.

Immigration check - right to work in the UK

An immigration check is a requirement for an application for a Private Hire Operator Licence, except in the case of a Limited Company.

The Immigration Act 2016 requires us to undertake a face-to-face immigration check in relation to all applicants to ensure the person has the right to work in the UK. Without satisfactory evidence of this right to work in the UK, we would be unable to issue a Private Hire Operator's Licence.

In order to satisfy this requirement, certain documents need to be provided when an application is submitted, please see the available document: 

Under certain circumstances where the immigration status of an applicant is not obvious the applicant's right to work in the UK will be checked and information shared with the Home Office. If there are restrictions on the length of time an applicant may work in the UK, a licence will only be issued for this period. In such circumstances, evidence of a change of circumstance would need to be provided or a further check undertaken prior to any additional licence being granted. If, whilst holding a licence, a person is disqualified from holding a licence because they have not complied with the UK's immigration laws, their licence would lapse and it must be returned to this Licensing Authority. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Further information can be obtained from the UK Border Agency , or Immigration advice  site. 

Renewal

A Private Hire Operator's Licence is issued for either 1 or 5 years. A reminder is sent out to the Operator approximately 6 weeks prior to the expiry date of the existing licence.

 

Apply for a driver's licence

 

The available letter explains the process of applying for hackney carriage and/or private hire driver's licence along with the relevant application form.

Prior to applying for a licence, we strongly recommend that all applicants refer to the relevant legislation, conditions and policies adopted by Chichester District Council (the 'council').  Please see Hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire licensing - legislation, conditions and policy  for further details.

Applicants must provide evidence of their suitability to act as a hackney carriage or private hire driver. In order for us to process an application we require the following:

  • Knowledge test
  • Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Driving history
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Certificate of Good Conduct
  • DBS Criminal Records Check
  • Medical status
  • DVLA Driving Licence Check - DAVIS
  • Driving proficiency test
  • Wheelchair Assessment

Knowledge test

Applicants are required to pass our Knowledge Test. By passing the test it will demonstrate that the applicant has a suitable level of knowledge to provide a professional and safe service to customers.

We have a number of dates available to undertake the Knowledge Test, therefore please contact the Licensing Team to reserve a place using the details below. The test costs £41.00 and a retest is £20.00. We would ask that the appropriate fee is paid by card via our Customer Services Team.

Information about the Knowledge Test is available below which includes material that we strongly recommend is read and revised.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

As a licensed driver with Chichester District Council you may come into contact with children or young people at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Please visit the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board  site which gives you more information on CSE and how to identify the warning signs of a child or young person at risk, there are also some useful contacts should you come across any situation that is of concern to you.

Driving history

Applicants must be 21 years of age or over and have held a current driving licence issued by the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency  (DVLA) for at least 12 months.

Right to work in the UK

The Immigration Act 2016 has made amendments to the licensing regime. The council is now required to undertake a face-to-face immigration check in relation to all applicants to ensure the person has the right to work in the UK. Without satisfactory evidence, the council cannot validate an application or issue a licence. In order to satisfy this requirement, certain documents must be provided. In most cases a current UK or EU passport or Biometric Residence Permit will normally be satisfactory. Details of the exact documents that can be accepted are listed in the guide sheet available. An applicant may also need to meet with a member of the Licensing Team.

Under certain circumstances where the immigration status of an applicant is not obvious, the applicant's right to work in the UK will be checked and information shared with the Home Office.

If there are restrictions on the length of time an applicant may work in the UK, a licence cannot be issued for any longer than that period. In such circumstances the check will be repeated each time the licence holder seeks to renew or extend the licence. If during this period the holder is disqualified from holding a licence because they have not complied with the UK's immigration laws, the licence will lapse and it must be returned to the council. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Further information can be obtained from the UK Border Agency , or the  Immigration advice  site.

Certificate of good conduct

Where an applicant has been residing in the UK for less than 5 years at the time of making their application, then they will be required to obtain a 'Certificate of Good Conduct' from the Embassy in whose country or countries they resided.  This document must be a certified translation if the original certificate issued by the embassy(s) is not in English.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Records Check or equivalent

Applicants are required to provide evidence of their criminal history using the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) application form (criminal records check). Please see DBS enhanced disclosure (criminal records check) for further details.

Medical status

Applicants must be medically assessed by their doctor or medical practitioner at the surgery where they are registered using the DVLA medical examination report (Form D4). All applicants are required to meet the DVLA Group 2 medical standard and the doctor will also need to complete a declaration (Form T14) in order to confirm this. Applicants are required to undergo these checks in order that we can be satisfied that they are fit to drive.

If an applicant has any questions about a medical condition that may affect their suitability, please contact the Licensing Team to discuss. The DVLA website provides further information.

Please Note- Although the Gov.uk website states that the D4 Form is for a lorry or bus driving licence, this is the correct Form for Taxi licences.

DVLA driving licence check - DAVIS

In order to verify an applicant's driving licence record, we contract with a third party called Licence Checks Ltd T/A DAVIS who will check your current licence via the DVLA database. In order to do the check we will need to scan your photo card, if you don`t have a recently issued photo card then please contact us for further advice.

 

Driving proficiency test and wheelchair assessment

Driving proficiency test

In order to satisfy the council that an applicant is competent to drive at the standard required, applicants are required to successfully pass a driving proficiency test before submitting a valid application to the council.

Applicants may wish to seek guidance from an approved driving instructor prior to taking the test.  For details regarding the test and recognised providers please see our 'Driving Proficiency Test & Wheelchair Assessment - Applicant Guidance' document.

Wheelchair assessment test

All applicants for a hackney carriage or dual driver's licence (a 'dual' licence allows the holder to drive both a hackney carriage and private hire vehicle) are required to pass a wheelchair assessment test. Further, applicants seeking a private hire driver's licence but whom wish to drive a wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle, will also be required to pass the test.

The purpose of the wheelchair assessment is to test whether applicants can:

  • safely load and unload a wheelchair into a vehicle;
  • use the wheelchair brakes to secure and release it;
  • fasten the seat belts or safety harness; and
  • secure any wheel belts or clamps fitted to the vehicle.

The 'Blue Lamp Trust' is currently recognised by this council as a provider of a suitable wheelchair assessment test.  Full details regarding the course are available from the Blue Lamp Trust website. Please note that whilst the Blue Lamp Trust will provide a wheelchair, you will be required to provide a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

 

Apply for a hackney carriage (taxi vehicle licence)

 

Before purchasing a vehicle and applying for a licence it is strongly recommended that you refer to the relevant conditions and policies adopted by Chichester District Council. Further information can be found on the web page 'Legislation, conditions and policy - taxi & private hire licensing', found under Related pages. Some of the key requirements are as follows: to provide and maintain a fire extinguisher; first aid kit; warning triangle; no smoking signs, as well as, reflective vests for the driver and the maximum number of passengers the vehicle can carry.

In addition, all applicants for a private hire vehicle licence must ensure that the vehicle satisfies the following requirements:

European Emission Standard - EURO 4

If the vehicle was manufactured prior to the 1 September 2007, then the applicant must provide written confirmation from the manufacturer of the vehicle that it is compliant with the EURO 4 standard or higher. If the vehicle is not EURO 4 compliant then it can not be licensed to work in this district. Please see the web page European Emission Standard - EURO 4 for further details.

Certificate of fitness

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then a 'Certificate of Fitness' for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon application. This must be obtained from Chichester Contract Services (CCS) based at the Depot in Westhampnett within 3 working days of the MOT. The Certificate of Fitness is based upon the 'National Inspection Standards' produced by the Public Authority Transport Network.

MOT certificate

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then an MOT Certificate for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon application. As specified above, this must not have been issued more than 3 working days before the Certificate of Fitness. The MOT can be undertaken at any garage. An MOT can also be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Meter test

If the vehicle contains a meter, then it is a requirement that the meter is tested and sealed. This must be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Certificate of insurance

A Certificate of Insurance will need to be obtained and provided upon application evidencing that the vehicle is insured for 'hire and reward'.

V5 registration document or V5C/2 slip 

The Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency V5 Registration Document. If this is not available due to the vehicle being recently purchased, please provide a copy of the V5C/2 slip that confirms the details of the new registered keeper and date of first registration.

Multiple Person Vehicle (MPV)

If you are proposing to licence a MPV please check the seating layout first, as a licence can only be issued for the number of seats that allow clear access and egress from the side doors without needing to fold or move a seat whilst entering or exiting the vehicle. This means that many 7 seater vehicles will only be licensed for 5 passengers.

Apply for a private hire vehicle licence

 

Before purchasing a vehicle and applying for a licence it is strongly recommended that you refer to the relevant conditions and policies adopted by Chichester District Council. Further information can be found on the web page 'Legislation, conditions and policy - taxi & private hire licensing', found under Related pages. Some of the key requirements are as follows: to provide and maintain a fire extinguisher; first aid kit; warning triangle; no smoking signs, as well as, reflective vests for the driver and the maximum number of passengers the vehicle can carry.

In addition, all applicants for a private hire vehicle licence must ensure that the vehicle satisfies the following requirements:

European Emission Standard - EURO 4

If the vehicle was manufactured prior to the 1 September 2007, then the applicant must provide written confirmation from the manufacturer of the vehicle that it is compliant with the EURO 4 standard or higher. If the vehicle is not EURO 4 compliant then it can not be licensed to work in this district. Please see the European Emission Standard - EURO 4 web page for further details.

Certificate of fitness

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then a 'Certificate of Fitness' for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon application. This must be obtained from Chichester Contract Services (CCS) based at the Depot in Westhampnett within 3 working days of the MOT. The Certificate of Fitness is based upon the 'National Inspection Standards' produced by the Public Authority Transport Network.

MOT certificate

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then an MOT Certificate for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon application. As specified above, this must not have been issued more than 3 working days before the Certificate of Fitness. The MOT can be undertaken at any garage. An MOT can also be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Meter test

If the vehicle contains a meter, then it is a requirement that the meter is tested and sealed. This must be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Certificate of insurance

A Certificate of Insurance will need to be obtained and provided upon application evidencing that the vehicle is insured for 'hire and reward'.

V5 Registration Document or V5C/2 slip

The Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency V5 Registration Document. If this is not available due to the vehicle being recently purchased, please provide a copy of the V5C/2 slip that confirms the details of the new registered keeper and date of first registration.

Multiple Person Vehicle (MPV)

If you are proposing to licence a MPV please check the seating layout first, as a licence can only be issued for the number of seats that allow clear access and egress from the side doors without needing to fold or move a seat whilst entering or exiting the vehicle. This means that many 7 seater vehicles will only be licensed for 5 passengers.

Exempted vehicles

If you intend to use a private hire vehicle solely for chauffeur or executive work, then an exemption can be applied for under Section 75(3) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (the 'LG(MP)A 1976'). This exemption removes the requirement for the standard licence plate and door signs to be displayed on the vehicle. For further advice regarding this exemption please contact the Licensing Team.

Door signs

It is a requirement of the private hire vehicle conditions for 2 'Pre-booked Only' door signs to be displayed on the vehicle, unless the exemption referred to above is being applied for. Please see Taxi Licensing Fees as there is an additional fee for the production of the adhesive door signs.

Change of details and surrender forms for taxi and private hire licensing

 

Please find a number of forms to assist you with notifying this authority of the following:

  • Change of name or address;
  • Request for a replacement badge, plate, door sign, licence etc;
  • Surrendering a permission; and
  • Change of vehicle registration mark on a HC or PH vehicle

Instructions are provided on each of the forms, along with information about any fees that may be payable as a result.

 

Transfer of hackney carriage (taxi) or private hire licensing

 

Under Section 49 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (the 'Act') a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle licence holder (the 'Licence Holder') is required to provide the issuing authority with notification if they intend to transfer ownership of the vehicle to another person or organisation, who wishes to continue using the vehicle for taxi or private hire work.

Person selling vehicle

Section 49 requires the notice to include the name and contact details of the new owner and must be submitted within 14 days from the date ownership is transferred. A form - Notice of Change of Proprietor of a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle (Form T11) - has been devised to assist the original vehicle owner in discharging their legal duties. When submitting form T11, the existing licence holder will also need to return the paper-part of the vehicle licence. Once submitted our records will be updated accordingly and confirmation provided to the original owner advising that he/she is no longer legally responsible for the vehicle under the Act.

Person purchasing vehicle

To assist the Licensing Team with issuing the paper part of the licence and ensuring compliance with this Council's Vehicle Policy and Conditions, the person purchasing the vehicle will need to provide the following additional information:

  1. Application to Transfer a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle Licence - Form T12. This needs to be completed by the person or company that has purchased the vehicle and wish to hold the vehicle licence.
  2. A current Certificate of Insurance will need to be obtained and provided upon application evidencing that the vehicle is insured for 'hire and reward' or 'private hire'.
  3. The Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) V5 Registration Document. If this is not available due to the vehicle being recently purchased, please provide a copy of the V5C/2 slip that confirms the details of the new registered keeper.
  4. The existing licence holder must return the paper-part of the vehicle licence.
  5. There is an admin fee for processing the transfer and re-producing the paper part of the vehicle licence. Please see this page for information on taxi fees. The fee is to be paid by the person purchasing the vehicle.

It is strongly recommended that the new proprietor refer to the Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Vehicle Policy and Conditions to ensure that the vehicle is maintained in accordance with these requirements. Further information can be found on the web page 'Legislation, conditions and policy - taxi & private hire licensing', found under Related pages. Some of the key requirements are to provide and maintain a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, warning triangle, no smoking signs and reflective vests for the driver and the maximum number of passengers the vehicle can carry.

Exempted vehicles - private hire vehicles only

If the application is in respect of a Private Hire vehicle which it is intended to be used solely for chauffeur or executive work, then an exemption can be applied for under Section 75(3) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (the 'LG(MP)A 1976'). This exemption removes the requirement for the standard licence plate and door signs to be displayed on the vehicle. For further advice regarding this exemption please contact the Licensing Team.

Taxi rank pass for Chichester train station - Hackney Carriage Vehicles only

Every hackney carriage vehicle proprietor that uses the taxi ranks at Chichester train station MUST ensure that they have obtained a rank pass from Meteor (Agents for Southern Rail) prior to using the rank. To obtain a rank pass please contact Meteor direct.

View taxi licensing fees

Below are a list of fees and charges associated with the licensing of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers, Vehicles and Private Hire Operators.

The Council's preferred method of payment is by debit card or credit card. If submitting the application by post then payment can be made by telephoning Customer Services on 01243 534740.

Contact details for booking an MOT, vehicle fitness test or taximeter test at our Chichester Contract Services can be accessed opposite.


Driver licence

 

Charge Type

Description

Fee

New Application - 1 or 3 year

Hackney Carriage, Private Hire or Dual Licence.

1 year - £140.00

3 year - £312.00

Renewal Application - 1 or 3 year 

Hackney Carriage, Private Hire or Dual Licence.

1 year - £113.00

3 year - £285.00

Criminal Records Check 

 

Enhanced DBS processed by the Disclosure & Barring Service.

A fee is only paid to the Council where a paper application is submitted. Where an applicant wishes to submit an electronic application via the GB Group online system, the applicant must arrange and pay the £52 direct to the GB Group online. 

Paper Application - £40.00 

Electronic Application - £52.00 to GB Group

DVLA Driving Licence Check 

The check is undertaken by Licence Check Ltd trading as 'DAVIS' (Driver and Vehicle Information Solutions) who are the approved contractor. 

 

1 Year - £3.00

3 Years - £9.00

Knowledge TestHackney Carriage, Private Hire or Dual Licence.

New - £41.00

Resit - £20.00


Hackney Carriage Vehicle licence

Charge Type

Description

Fee

New or Renewal Application

N/A

£116.00

MOT Test

If undertaken by Chichester Contract Services at Westhampnett Depot.

£54.50

Fitness Test 

To be undertaken by Chichester Contract Services at Westhampnett Depot only.

£25.50

Taximeter Test 

To be undertaken by Chichester Contract Services at Westhampnett Depot only.

£21.00


Private Hire Vehicle licence

 

Charge Type

Description

Fee

New or Renewal Application

N/A

£116.00

MOT Test

If undertaken by Chichester Contract Services at Westhampnett Depot.

£54.50

Fitness Test only

To be undertaken by Chichester Contract Services at Westhampnett Depot only.

£25.50
Taximeter Test Only required if the vehicle has a meter. If required, to be undertaken by Chichester Contract Services at Westhampnett Depot only.£21.00

Adhesive Door Signs (2 required per vehicle)

Does not apply to vehicles that benefit from an exemption.  

£6.00 each 

Operator licence

 

Charge Type

Fee

New Application - 1 or 5 year

1 year - £182.00

5 year - £696.00

Renewal Application - 1 or 5 year

1 year - £154.00

5 year - £670.00


Sundry charges

 

Charge Type

Description

Fee

Replacement Driver Badge 

N/A

£9.00

Replacement Vehicle Plate

N/A

£15.50

Transfer of Vehicle Ownership

N/A£23.50

Replacement Private Hire Adhesive Door Signs 

Two required per vehicle

£6.00 each
Replacement paper part of any granted licence (Hackney Carriage or Private Hire)Charge per licence £10.50
Notification of change of address of any granted licence (Hackney Carriage or Private Hire)Charge per licence£10.50
Notification of change of name of any granted licence (Hackney Carriage or Private Hire)Charge per licence£10.50
Renew a vehicle licence

 

A Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Vehicle Licence lasts for 1 year. You will receive a reminder letter approx. 6 weeks prior to the date the licence is due to expire. If you wish to renew the licence, then you must do so by the required time, otherwise the licence(s) will lapse and you will immediately have to cease providing the vehicle as a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire vehicle until such time that a new application has been made and a licence granted.

Please remember that with regards to a new application, it would be a requirement that the vehicle meets the Euro 4 or higher emission standard. Therefore if your vehicle does not meet this standard, it would not be re-licensed. Furthermore, if the renewal application is submitted less than 5 working days prior to the date of expiry, then this Licensing Authority (the 'Authority') may not be able to process the application and re-issue the licence(s) and badge(s) before the expiry of the existing badge(s). It is therefore strongly recommended that a renewal application is submitted at the earliest opportunity.

If you do not wish to renew the licence(s), please ensure that the current badge(s) are returned to this Authority within 7 days of the date of expiry.

If you wish to renew your vehicle licence then please complete the appropriate application form, either T10C or T10D having read the renewal letter TX16. 

Certificate of fitness

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then a 'Certificate of Fitness' for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon renewal. This must be obtained from Chichester Contract Services (CCS) based at the Depot in Westhampnett within 3 working days of the MOT. The 'Certificate of Fitness' is based upon the 'National Inspection Standards' produced by the Public Authority Transport Network. For this, and information on Taxi Licensing Fees, please see Related pages.

MOT certificate

If the vehicle is older than 1 year from the date of first registration, then an MOT Certificate for the vehicle will need to be obtained and provided upon renewal. As specified above, this must not have been issued more than 3 working days before the Certificate of Fitness. The MOT can be undertaken at any garage. An MOT can also be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett:

Name:
Westhampnett Depot (Taxi Services)
Address:
Chichester Contract Services (CCS)
Stane Street
Westhampnett
Chichester
PO18 0NF
United Kingdom
Telephone:
Email:

Meter test

If the vehicle contains a meter, then it is a requirement that the meter is tested and sealed. This must be undertaken by CCS at the Depot in Westhampnett.

Certificate of insurance

A Certificate of Insurance will need to be obtained and provided upon renewal evidencing that the vehicle is insured for 'hire and reward'.

Renew a driver's licence

 

A Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Driver's Licence is issued for 3 years or 1 year. You will receive a reminder letter approx. 6 weeks prior to the date the licence is due to expire.

If you do not wish to renew the licence(s), please ensure that the current badge(s) are returned to this Authority within 7 days of the date of expiry.

If you wish to renew the licence, then you must do so by the required time, otherwise the licence(s) will lapse and you will immediately have to cease driving any Hackney Carriage/Private Hire vehicle until such time as a new application has been made and licence granted. Where a renewal application is submitted less than 5 working days prior to the date of expiry, then this Licensing Authority (the 'Authority') may not be able to process the application and re-issue the licence(s) and badge(s) before the expiry of the existing badge(s). It is therefore strongly recommended that a renewal application is submitted at the earliest opportunity.

When submitting a renewal application, please read the TX4 reminder letter and complete Application Form T4 below. 

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Records Check or equivalent

Every 3 years an up to date enhanced criminal records check must be provided as part of a renewal application. The DBS application form can be obtained from the Licensing Team or from the DBS. Please see the web page DBS enhanced disclosure (Criminal Records Check for further details.

Medical status

All drivers are required to undergo a medical check every 4 years, or every year if over the age of 60, to ensure that the licence holder is still physically fit to drive passengers.

The medical assessment must be conducted by a doctor or medical practitioner at the surgery where you are registered using the DVLA medical examination report (Form D4). All applicants are required to meet the DVLA Group 2 medical standard and the doctor will also need to complete a declaration (Form T14) to this effect.

If you have any questions about a medical condition that may affect your suitability, please contact the Licensing Team first where you can have a confidential discussion prior to paying for the medical. Alternatively visit the  DVLA  website for further information.

DVLA Driving Licence Check - DAVIS

Each year, on renewal, a small charge will be levied to pay for us to check DVLA records. In order to verify an applicant's driving licence record, we contract with a third party called Licence Checks Ltd T/A DAVIS who will check your current licence via the DVLA database. In order to do the check we will need to scan your photo card, if you don`t have a recently issued photo card then please contact us for further advice.