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A licence is required by any person wishing to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle. The council must only grant a hackney carriage or private hire driver's licence to a person who is “fit and proper” and who has been authorised to drive a motor car for at least twelve months.

How much will it cost to apply?

New licence (3 years) - £205 (minimum £50 to be paid at time of application)

New licence (1 year) - £120 (minimum £50 to be paid at time of application)

Renewal of licence (3 years) - £180

Renewal of licence (1 year) - £100

DBS application - £59

Knowledge test - £30

How do I apply?

New application

Renewal application

Along with a completed application form, applicants must:

  • Pay the requisite fee (as above);
  • Produce a valid DVLA driving licence;
  • Prove their right to work in the UK;
  • Pass the council's knowledge test (view guidance);
  • Have their photograph taken by a member of the Licensing Team;
  • Undergo a medical assessment to the DVLA's Group II standards (download a medical form); and
  • Undergo an enhanced criminal record check (apply online via North Yorkshire County Council)
  • Undergo safeguarding training (an example of suitable training can be found at
  • Undergo a practical driving assessment (examples of suitable assessments can be found at and


Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

Applicants guide to completing the online E-DBS (CRB) application form

Knowledge tests

Home Office guidance on obtaining overseas criminality information

Taxi newsletters


Town Police Clauses Act 1847

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

Officer decisions

A record of decisions made by officers

Privacy Notice

Licensing privacy notice

Report a licensing issue

Online form

Pay online

You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Make sure to select the correct service from the left hand side.