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Coronavirus: Licensing - Taxis

You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

The risk of transmission is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance.

If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.

Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.

Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.


For the safety and protection of the public to drive a Hackney Carriage vehicle in the East Staffordshire Borough Council area you must hold a valid Hackney Carriage or Combined Drivers Licence issued by us.

An English Language Oral Skills Assessment will be carried out at a cost of £28.99 prior to submission of your application.



Application form & guidance notes

Apply for a combined driver's licence

Please note that if you wish to apply for combined driver's licence you will need to download all of the above documents as well as Appendix F - Conditions of Private Hire Driver's Licence.

English Test

To demonstrate adequate English language skills you will be required to undertake and pass an English Language Oral Skills Assessment prior to submitting you’re application.

Guidance Notes – Oral Assessment.

Attachments required

  • DBS disclosure application form
  • current DVLA Driving Licence (original, not a copy), both the paper and photocard parts
  • original EEA passport; or original British birth certificate and evidence of National Insurance number (P45, P60 NI card)
  • one recent utility bill stating your name and address less than 3 months old (gas, electric, bank or credit card statement)
  • a medical report completed by your own doctor.


To qualify as a driver you must:

  • have held a British DVLA licence for at least 12 months
  • Non UK Applicants - all applicants for a taxi licence are required to provide documentary evidence confirming their right to remain and work in the UK.  EU citizens must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to enable them to continue working in the UK.
  • have no relevant convictions or been determined by the General Licensing Sub Committee to be a fit and proper person
  • multiple motoring convictions on a driving licence will require the application to be determined by the Licensing Committee (the licensing authority will have regard to guidelines on relevance of convictions document).
  • be medically fit
  • pass a skills assessment with DVSA
  • pass a knowledge and conditions test

Validity & renewals

3 years


Please contact Taxi Licensing in the first instance.



Renew your hackney carriage licence

Go to HC/PH renew your driver licence to renew your hackney carriage licence.