Become a hackney taxi/private hire vehicle driver.

Please note: Before issuing an applicant with a Hackney Carriage or private hire vehicle drivers licence you must have held a full UK or EU drivers licence for at least one year.

Steps to becoming a taxi driver

  1. Apply to become a taxi driver
  2. Pass the relevant exams and checks
  3. Apply to become a hackney carriage or a private hire driver – or both

Taxi driver application pack

Download the pack or request it is sent to your address:

Print version: Taxi driver application pack
Tel: 01444-477335

Please note that: 

  • New licences will not be issued without a medical certificate. Further medicals are required at age 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 years and then annually from the age of 66
  • You will be required to take a criminal conviction enquiry with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at a cost of £111
  • You will need to successfully pass a Driving Standard Agency (DSA) equivalent Taxi/Private Hire Driving assessment
  • You will need to complete a spoken English Exam at a cost of £53 or prove that you have a pass in an English Language related subject at Grade C (GCSE) or above or have a certificate showing spoken language ability at CEFR level B2 or above
  • You will need to provide two character referees
  • First time applicants must pass a ‘taxi knowledge’ test at a cost of £30. Use the phone number above to book a test

You can combine the payment of these costs with your licence fee payment.

Taxi licensing fees

Hackney Carriage
Hackney Carriage Fees & Charges
Fee Type 1 Year 3 Year
Hackney Carriage Vehicle £238  
Transfer of Hackney Carriage licence to a new
Proprietor / change of vehicle
New Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence
£90 £190
Renewal of Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence   £165
Replacement copy of Licence / Badge / Plate
Change of address
Replacement vehicle windscreen wallet
Private Hire
Private Hire Fees & Charges
Fee Type 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
New Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence (31+ Vehicles) £248   £836
Renewal of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence (31+ Vehicles)     £812
New Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence (3 - 30 Vehicles) £205   £623
Renewal of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence (3 - 30 Vehicles)     £600
New Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence (0 - 2 Vehicles) £163   £410
Renewal of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence (0 - 2 Vehicles)     £385
Upgrade of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence Check with Licensing Officer
Transfer of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence to a new proprietor/address £26    
Private Hire Vehicle Licence £202    
Transfer of Private Hire Vehicle Licence to a new proprietor/other vehicle £26    
New Private Hire Drivers Licence £90   £190
Renewal of Private Hire Drivers Licence     £165
Replacement copy of Licence/Badge/Plate £7    
Replacement vehicle windscreen wallet £1    


Refundable deposits
Fee Type Fee/Charge
For each external plate £25


Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Inspections
Fee Type Fee/Charge
Full Inspection £48
Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice £48
Retest if returned within 7 days or 300 miles No charge
Retest if returned more than 7 days after failure £48


Disclosure and Barring Service Check
Fee Type Fee/Charge
New driver Application £111
Renewal £71


Driver Knowledge Test
Fee Type Fee/Charge
Application and written exam £30


DVLA Driving Licence Check
Fee Type Fee/Charge
Application check (payment with application) £5


Spoken English Test
Fee Type Fee/Charge
Spoken English Test £53


Plate Fittings
Fee Type Fee/Charge
Backing Platform £7
Number Plate Bracket Kit £9
Rigid Bridge Kit £4


Print version: Taxi licensing fees


Card payments can be accepted over the phone – Tel: 01444-477335

If you are paying by cheque – bring this in with your completed forms.

Please note: We cannot accept cash payments.


Renewal paperwork is sent out early to give you plenty of time to organise a medical. Please return your paperwork as soon as is possible.

You can also find application forms further down this page.

Please note: Licences will not be issued without a medical certificate and your licence will be terminated until a medical certificate is received.

Hackney carriages

We restrict the amount of hackney carriages that are licensed to 154.

Present number of licensed hackney Carriages: 154 – No further licences can be issued.

More information

Taxi driving FAQs

I am changing my vehicle. How do I go about it?

If the vehicle is new and has less than 10000 miles recorded on the odometer

You will need to bring the vehicle into the council offices for the licensing officer to examine it.

If the vehicle has more than 10000 miles recorded on the odometer and/or is over one year old

The vehicle will need to undergo a council fitness test at one of our contracted testing stations and an MOT test.

Where can I find a council contracted fitness testing station?

Teknol House
Victoria Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 9LG
Tel: 01444-254000

Supreme Clutch Services
The Forge
London Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 2RQ
Tel: 01342-313136

V & A Automotive
CMW Suzuki
Cuckfield Road
Haywards Heath
RH17 5AG
Tel: 01444 452621

Please note that as from the 1st August Parkers Garage at 12 Bridge Road, Haywards Heath are no longer able to provide vehicle fitness certificates.

Any certificates issued by Parkers dated from this date will not be accepted

How do I get a replacement vehicle licensed and plated?

Please send us the following documents:

  • A completed Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle application form made out in the licence holders name
  • A copy of the vehicle insurance certificate – showing the correct use
  • A copy of the vehicle registration document – V5
  • A copy of the MOT certificate if the vehicle is over one year old
  • A copy of the council fitness test certificate
  • If paying by cheque then we will require a copy sent by fax or email

Please note: A there is a fee of £26

The Taxi Licensing office
Fax: 01444-477366

Vehicle plating

If your documentation is correct then the licence transfer will be made. The licensing team will contact you with a time to have the plate fitted.


  • Bring originals of all documents
  • Make sure that the vehicle is fitted with the appropriate Vehicle Identification Products (VIP) fittings so that the plate an be properly attached
Where can I purchase the Vehicle Identification Products (VIP) plate fittings?

These can be obtained from the main reception at the Oaklands Haywards Heath council Offices.


  • Backing platform to hold the plate: £6.00
  • Number plate bracket: £8.50
  • Rigid bridge kit: £3.50
I have moved to a new address or I have lost my paper licence / ID badge / vehicle plate. What do I do?

Very important: You must inform us of your new address or loss of licence in writing within 7 days of moving.

Please complete our Change of address / replacement licence form.

Cost: £7

Where can I get a new plastic windscreen wallet?

These can be obtained from the main reception at the Oaklands Haywards Heath Council Offices.

Cost: £1.00 each

Contact us

Tel: 01444-477335

Last updated: 13 October 2021