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:


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.

Suitability policy

Following consultation with the trade and other stakeholders, the Licensing Committee have adopted the ‘Determining the Suitability of Applicants & Licensees as Drivers in Taxi and Private Hire Licensing’ policy. This will replace our existing Convictions Policy. The new policy will be implemented on 1 September 2019 and any new or renewal application determined after this date will be considered against the new policy. View the full policy.

Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

01924 302932