Renewing a taxi drivers licence

What is this for?

To make an application to renew an existing Private Hire/Hackney Carriage drivers licence

PLEASE NOTE - The updated Doncaster Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy is now in effect. Please view the policy using the link below:

Doncaster taxi and private hire licensing policy

Any questions you may have relating to the new changes please email - 

What is it going to cost?


What we need from you

Before beginning this process you MUST:

  • Have attended Doncaster Council’s Safeguarding awareness training within the past 3 years.
  • Have a valid Group 2 Standard medical certificate.
  • Have a valid Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.
  • Read and understand Doncaster Council’s Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy.

You will be required to upload the following documents:

  • A Group 2 Standards medical certificate (if applicable)
  • Safeguarding Awareness Training Certificate (if applicable)
  • A Passport sized photograph
  • UK Driving Licence
  • Where you have spent 3 continuous months outside of the UK, you will be expected to provide a 'certificate of good character' from the appropriate embassy(s)

You may also be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.

Changes from April 2022

From 4 April 2022, licensing authorities are responsible for carrying out certain checks on applications from individuals, companies and any type of partnership to make sure they are aware of their tax responsibilities or have completed a tax check.

Changes for taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence applications from April 2022 - GOV.UK (

After you have completed the tax check you will be given a 9-character tax check code.

You will need to give the code on your application to the licensing authority, so we can confirm you have carried out a tax check.

Please note that the HMRC has powers to obtain information from licensing authorities:

Schedule 23 to Finance Act 2011 (Data Gathering Powers) and Schedule 36 to Finance Act 2008 (Information and Inspection Powers), grant HMRC powers to obtain relevant information from third parties. This includes licensing bodies being required to provide information about licence applicants.

What you should expect from us

We will carry out all the required checks to determine your application.

We will aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 28 days of all the required checks being completed.

If your application is granted, your licence will be sent to you by post.

If we are unable to grant you a licence without further investigation, you will be invited to attend a licensing panel who will determine your application.

  • The timescales given for processing an application only begins at the point we consider the application to be complete and does not take into account delays in waiting for information from the applicant
  • An application is only considered complete when all the pre-application requirements have been completed and a full application has been received by this department

More information

Remember once licensed, a vehicle can only be driven by a Doncaster-licensed driver.

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Last updated: 08 September 2023 16:40:52