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Apply for a taxi driver's licence

If you want to drive a licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle in Bath and North East Somerset, you need to obtain a taxi driver's licence.

Before you apply

You need to read and understand the requirements on this page before you submit an application for a permit. We cannot proceed with your application unless you give us all the information we need.

You must pass several tests and assessments before you apply. You also need to read the combined hackney carriage/private hire policies and conditions

Select a topic below to find out if you are eligible, the tests you need to pass before you apply, and the details you must provide in your application.


If you want to apply to be a hackney carriage/private hire driver, you must meet all of the following criteria:

Tests and assessments

Before you apply, you must complete an English Language Assessment. This costs £74. To make the payment, please go to our online payments page.

Once we receive your payment, we will contact you to book the test. We will conduct the test remotely using Zoom or WhatsApp.

After you have passed the English Language Assessment, you must complete an Approved Drivers Assessment. Details of how to book this will be provided on successful completion of the English Language Assessment.

Knowledge test

We expect all applicants to have good knowledge of the streets, road numbers and main buildings in the district - you must pass a knowledge test before we give you a licence.

We may also ask for you to provide a vehicle for a short driving test. This allows us to check that you can take the shortest possible route to a named destination.

Details you must provide

Once you have confirmed your eligibility and passed the tests, you can submit your application.

You need to provide the following details in your application:

Fees and charges

Prices for taxi driver's licences are shown in the following table.

Taxi driver's licence fees
Fees Price
New application fee £582
Renewal application fee £444
Knowledge test or retest £75
DBS £101

A DBS check is included in the new application fee.  There will be a charge of £101 for any further DBS required to obtain a renewal of licence.  Any fee incurred by the Council in respect of DBS checks is non-refundable.


Licences are valid for three years, unless we state otherwise.

We issue all licences with an expiry date of 28 February.


We will send you renewal information shortly before your current licence expires. We will also send you a unique reference number that you will need to include in your online application.

How to apply

When you are sure you are eligible and are able to provide all the information we require, submit an application using our online form.

Apply for a taxi driver's licence

Further information

Select a topic below to find out more about taxi drivers' licences.

Contentious applications

A contentious application will be from any applicant with any recorded criminal history, or who have a previous licence revoked by this or any other authority, or any individual circumstances which will be discussed with the applicant during the application process.

Contentious applications will be referred to our Licensing Sub Committee for determination.

Appealing a decision

If you wish to appeal our decision to refuse to grant an application, or attach any condition to the licence, you can appeal to Bath Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of being notified of the decision.

A decision of the Magistrates’ Court can be appealed to the Crown Court.


All hackney carriage and private hire drivers and operators licensed by Bath & North East Somerset must abide by our policies and conditions

Customer complaints

If you wish to make a complaint about a taxi driver, please use our online form