Taxi drivers licence

Walsall taxi council before you can drive a licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle you must obtain a driver’s licence, if you do not have this licence and you drive one of these vehicles, you will be committing an offence.

Walsall taxi council to be eligible to apply for a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence you must have held a full UK DVLA Driving Licence for a minimum of two years.

To obtain a licence, in the first instance, you must attend the Taxi Licensing office with your DVLA Driving Licence to be checked by a Licensing Officer.  Details of the name and address of your doctor/GP will be needed at this stage. You will then be given an assessment booking slip and advised to book an online assessment with Walsall taxi council Adult Community College. The test will consist of reading, listening and mathematics questions, after which you will be given results based on your performance. We require you to reach a minimum Entry Level 3 in all three papers.  If successful, staff at Walsall taxi council Adult Community College will provide you with a blank Medical Examination Report, including a Vision Assessment which must be completed by your own registered doctor/GP.  You will also be given an application form, which must be completed prior to your second appointment at the Taxi Licensing office.

On completion of the above, a second appointment will be made for you to attend the Taxi Licensing office where the following documents will need to be produced and/or completed:

Application form Walsall taxi council

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure.  (A Licensing Officer will complete this for you).

DVLA mandate disclosure.  (This is a check of your vehicle licence).

When attending your appointment, you must bring with you the following documentation:

Valid Passport or Residence Permit (including relevant documentation from the Home Office).

DVLA driving licence.

Birth certificate (if available and no valid passport can be produced).

Marriage certificate (if available and no valid passport can be produced).

Proof of National Insurance number e.g. P45.

Two documents (less than three months old) that shows your name and address.  For example a utility bill, mortgage statement, bank/building society statement, council tax bill (latest bill).  Mobile phone bills will not be accepted as proof.

Completed Medical Examination Report, including Vision Assessment..

Walsall taxi council Adult Community College Intial Assessments (three papers) for ESOL Reading, ESOL Listening and Maths at minimum Entry Level 3.

If you do not have all the documentation required, your application will not be accepted.  All documents produced on application must be valid, bear the same name, address and date of birth.

What happens next?

When all the documents have been processed and cleared, you will be required to attend a driver training course, and take a written examination.  This takes approximately one day.  If you fail the examination, you will be given the opportunity to complete a resit.  If you fail three examinations, you will be referred back to the driver training course.

When you have passed the written private hire driver examination, you may wish to become a dual licence holder (this enables you to drive both hackney carriage and private hire vehicles), if so, please make an appointment to take a written knowledge examination.  All of the information for this examination will be given to you when you make the appointment.

Practical driving test

As part of the application process, you will be required to take a practical driving test.  For more information visit our Private hire driving test page.

On passing both the driver training course and a practical driving test, your licence will be granted.

Application fees

Application fees and charges for a private hire or hackney carriage driver’s licence are detailed below.

All examination and test fees will be taken at the time the appointment is made.  If you fail to attend or cancel within 72 hours, you will have to pay again to retake the examination.