Hackney carriage & private hire (joint/dual) driver's licence

A licence is required before any person can drive a licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

This particular licence allows you to drive both hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.

Before submitting your application you should complete the following:

You are advised to pay particular attention to ‘Appendix 2 Statement of Policy about Relevant Convictions’ before doing anything else.

  • Book, attend and pass the Council’s practical driving test (and wheelchair exercise if applying for Hackney Carriage or Joint licence) – tests can be booked at the link below. Please note that payment by debit card will be required at the time of booking. You must attend the test in a suitable vehicle. Please refer to 'Practical Driving and Wheelchair Assessment' page of the application, for full details.
  •  Book a Practical Test
  • Book, attend and pass the Doncaster Council knowledge test – tests can be booked at the link below.
    You MUST produce photographic I.D. (valid passport / driving licence) each time you attend for a test. Anyone who fails to produce the required identification will not be permitted to sit the test.
  • Book a Knowledge Test

You MUST produce photographic I.D. (valid passport / driving licence) each time you attend for a test. Anyone who fails to produce the required identification will not be permitted to sit the test.

  • ensure your driving licence is in your current address. If it is a photocard licence you will need to produce both parts.
    (you must have held a Full UK Driving Licence for 2 consecutive years)
  • obtain a ‘Group 2 Standards’ medical certificate from a medical practitioner using the form included in the application pack (the medical practitioner MUST have access to your previous medical history). Please refer to the advice to the applicants included on the form.
  • get a passport sized photograph of yourself (taken recently). No hats or head covering (unless worn for religious reasons).
  • fill in the DBS application form (you will be provided with a form once you have passed the Council knowledge test).
  • obtain two forms of ID (other than your driving licence) which confirm your address (e.g. two utility bills no more than three months old).
  • if you have previously spent more than 3 consecutive months outside of the UK, you are required to provide a 'certificate of good character' from the appropriate embassy(s).
  • if you do not hold an EU passport, you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.
  • Book and attend a Safeguarding Awareness Training session. All applicants are required to attend a Doncaster Council Safeguarding Awareness Training session - this must be done before you submit your application.

Work Eligibility

Your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licence application, this could include the licensing authority checking your immigration status with the Home Office. We may otherwise share information with the Home Office. You must therefore provide a document or document combination that is stipulated as being suitable for this check. The list of documents is set out at Guidance to prevent illegal working.

You must provide the original document(s), such as your passport or biometric residence permit, as indicated in the published guidance, so that the check can take place. The document(s) will be copied and the copy retained by the licensing authority. The original document will be returned to you. Your application will not be considered valid until all the necessary information and original document(s) have been produced and the relevant fee has been paid.

If there are restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will not be issued for any longer than this period. In such circumstances the check will be repeated each time you apply to renew or extend your licence. If, during this period, you are disqualified from holding a licence because you have not complied with the UK’s immigration laws, your licence will lapse and you must return it to the licensing authority. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

Once you are satisfied that you have complied with all of the above requirements you can submit the application, supporting documents and fee to the Licensing Department at Doncaster Council.

You should normally allow eight weeks from receipt of your application for return of the required DBS checks. You will be notified within 10 working days of us receiving your DBS disclosure; if your application has been successful or, if further enquiries are required.

If, during the application process, we become aware that the applicant either:

• has relevant criminal convictions; or
• there are concerns arising out of the assessment of the applicant’s driving licence

So that the authority cannot automatically determine whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold the licence applied for, then the applicant will be invited to attend a licensing panel hearing. 

The panel is made up of three managers from the regulation & enforcement division of the Council.  The purpose of the hearing is to allow the panel, following discussion with the applicant, to make a more informed decision as to whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold licence for which they have applied. 

We endeavour to schedule panel hearings within 28 days of the need being identified. The applicant will be informed of the outcome within seven days of the hearing.

We look forward to receiving your application and if you have any difficulty with any of the forms or have any questions, please contact us.

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence may appeal to the Magistrates Court who may give such directions regarding the licence as it thinks proper.

Doncaster Council driver knowledge test

£63.00 per test.

Driver application (three year duration licence)

£188.00 (includes £40.00 Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) application fee). 

The holder of private hire or joint private hire/hackney carriage driver’s licence issued by the Council shall within seven days disclose to the Council in writing details of any conviction (including cautions and fixed penalty notices) imposed on them during the period of the licence.

Apply Online (New Driver) 

When you are ready to make your application, you can do so at the link below.


Renewal of an Existing Licence

To renew your existing licence, select the link below. Please note that you will be asked for your reference number, this can be found on the letter we have sent you.


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Last updated: 29 March 2021 15:45:25