Apply for a Hackney carriage/private hire/dual badge driver's licence
To apply, you must have held a full UK driving licence for at least 2 years. If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you need to provide a certificate of good conduct from the country (or embassy of the country) you lived in within this period.
You should read the documents below before applying. You can contact us if you have any questions or need any help.
Private Hire And Hackney Carriage Information And Licence ConditionsDownload (305.2 KB)
Criminal motoring conviction guidelinesDownload (901.22 KB)
Book your assessment with Walsall CollegeShow content
Arrange a medicalShow content
You need to have a medical before you can apply. Your GP needs to fill in this form to declare you are fit to drive Hackney carriage/private hire vehicles.
Pay your GP directly for the medical report before you submit your application online.
GP medical formDownload (104.02 KB)
Get a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checkShow content
You must have an enhanced DBS check. There is a fee of £52.00 for this.
You'll need the following codes:
- organisation reference: TAXILICENSING
- organisation code: TAXILICENSINGCRB
Complete the first section of the DBS form online. Following completion, you will be given a code. You need to provide the code on your application form.
You also need to scan or provide clear photographs of your ID documents (front and back) with your completed application. This includes:
- your DVLA licence
- valid passport and residence permit where applicable
- a bank statement (less than 3 months old) and/or a utility bill which shows your name and address
The name and address on every document must be the same.
If you have joined the DBS update service and keep your DBS live online, attach a scan or photo of your most recent certificate to your application.
If you don't hold a British passport, you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK such as a biometric card or visa documentation.
These documents will be verified by a licensing officer. We will destroy any bank statements/bills after verification of the DBS application.
Paying for your DBS
You need to make your payment (£52.00) when:
- you have completed your online DBS
- you have provided the relevant code and documents
The payment for the DBS is on the 'Training' option from the drop down payment menu.
Get a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) code
Complete and send your application formShow content
After you've completed the steps above, download the application form below, fill it in, and send it back to us by email. Send us your payment receipts too.
Or you can email us with your full name, telephone number(s) and email address. We will send you an application form and tell you what you need to do.
Once we receive your application, we will destroy any documents provided for validation.
Taxi and private hire driving licence application (Word)Download (422.78 KB)
Attend a Driver Training Course (DTC)Show content
You need to attend a Driver Training Course (DTC) which is held via Teams. You need to book your session.
We will assess your knowledge of road safety, disability awareness, licence conditions and child sexual exploitation (CSE).
The current fee for this course is £50.00 payable to Walsall Taxi Licensing. You can pay online.
You will be invited to book the DTC after we verify your application.
What happens next
It can take up to 2 months for your licence to be issued.
You will receive an email before your licence needs to be renewed. You will receive all the relevant forms and information to renew your licence
Payment of fees
Updated fees are online.
You can pay online for:
- practical driving test
- driver training course
- private hire licence
- Hackney knowledge test
- dual private hire/Hackney carriage licence
- private hire operator
A pro rata fee may apply if you are replacing an existing vehicle licence. Contact us for more information.
Hackney knowledge test
If you wish to get a Hackney Carriage driver licence you need to take an additional knowledge test. The current fee for this test is £25.00, payable to Walsall Taxi Licensing. You can pay online.
Licensing and Safety Committee
You may need to go before the Licensing Committee if you have any motoring or criminal convictions or a revoked licence. They will consider your application on an individual case by case basis.
If the committee refuses your application your application fees will not be refunded. If you need any further help, email us.
What happens if you don't have a licence
By law, you must have a licence and we can take action against Hackney carriage or private hire drivers who breach regulations. Unlicensed drivers or vehicles can be reported. Find out more about taxi and private hire licensing enforcement.