COVID 19 update: The latest information and advice relating to licensed drivers, proprietors and operators can be found here:

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.


  • 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

Apply now

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 2 standards (download a medical form)
  • Undergo an enhanced criminal record check via North Yorkshire County Council (view guidance)
  • Undergo safeguarding training (an example of suitable training can be found at and
  • Undergo customer service/disability awareness traning (an example of suitable training can be found at
  • Undergo a practical driving assessment (examples of suitable assessments can be found at and

Further information

Pay online

You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Please select 'Licensing' from the left-hand side:

Officer decisions

Report a licensing issue



Privacy Notice


rating button