Driver licences - hackney carriage and private hire

If you want to drive a hackney carriage (taxi) or a private hire vehicle in the Wakefield District then you must hold a valid hackney carriage or private hire driver licence.

Applying for a hackney carriage and/or private hire driver licence

Please complete the application form. Details of the information you need to include with your application are included on the form.

Considering your application

Initial grant of a licence will depend on you producing/passing the following:

  • Application Form
  • Fee
  • Driving Licence (held for at least 3 years)
  • Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Level 1
  • Knowledge Test
  • Proof of Right to Work in the UK
  • Medical Certificate
  • DSA Certificate
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Application - ​It is now your responsibility to ensure that once you have received your DBS Certificate through the post you produce it at the Licensing Office in order for your application to be processed.
  • ID Documents to support your DBS application

For a detailed explanation of all the above please see the Application guidance notes in downloads.

There are a number of conditions attached to both types of driver licences and you will need to be fully aware of them before you begin driving.

They are:

Update services

From 17 June 2013, anyone who applies for their next criminal record check can also choose to subscribe online to the DBS update service. This will allow them to keep their criminal record certificate up to date, the individual will then take their Certificate with them from role to role where the same level and type of check are required. You can contact the DBS update service on 0870 90 90 811 or at


The first grant of a licence is valid for up to 1 year

Renewed licences are available for periods of 1, 2 or 3 years.

Operator's licence

If you intend to start a business to make bookings for private hire vehicles then you will require an operator’s licence.

Private hire operator's licence application form


Online Register

If you wish to see further information on licences granted you can view these on the online register

Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Licensing office public counter - changes to opening times
The opening hours for the licensing public counter in Wakefield One will change from 3 June 2019.
It will be open Monday to Friday, between 10am and 3pm.

01924 302932