Do I need a licence to drive a Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle?

Once a Private Hire vehicle  or Taxi is plated and licensed, it remains a Taxi or Private Hire vehicle at all times, even when not being used for public hire or hire and reward i.e. personal and social use.

To apply for a Taxi or Private Hire drivers licence, you must have held a full driving licence for a minimum of 12 months.


All new applicants will be required to attend an interview at the Civic Centre, with a member of the Licensing Team. They will issue the application pack and give advice on how to complete it if required. At this time a Right to Work Check will be carried out. A range of documents can be used to evidence that you have the right to live and work in the UK as detailed on the following attachment:

Documents to be used for right to work check.pdf

As part of the application you will be required to complete a Knowledge & Safeguarding course in York and your 'pass' certificate be submitted with application.

No application will be processed until a complete application has been received.

All applicants will need to satisfy the Council that they are a fit and proper person to hold a drivers Licence.

The following will need to be completed and enclosed with your application before submitting to the Licensing Team to process:

  • A completed application
  • Fee paid
  • One passport sized photograph
  • Enhanced DBS certificate (Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service, applied for by Selby Council only), all new applicants will be required to sign up to the DBS update service, following submission of their DBS application, which they will need to remain signed up to, or they will risk suspension until another full DBS has been completed and they sign up to the service again.
  • One Reference
  • Completed Group 2 Medical
  • Completed and passed the Knowledge & Safeguarding Course in York
  • DVLA Access code provided (please be aware this code is only valid for 21 days).
  • Certificate showing a Pass mark for the Practical Driving test for drivers of Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicles and where applicable a wheelchair assistance test. The Council has approved the following providers of these tests.
  • Blue Lamp Trust
  • Green Penny
  • AA DriveTech
  • Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM Roadsmart)
  • Driving Instructors Association

To book the Knowledge & Safeguarding Course please contact York Workforce Development (advise them that you are a Selby Applicant) please go to the following website: or email or  telephone : 01904 553017

Applicants should contact the companies direct to discuss appointment times and costs.

Knowledge & Safeguarding Course

In preparation for the training day you should familiarise yourself with the Council’s Licensing Policy & Byelaws.

**please note that section 6 of Selby's current Taxi Licensing Policy is on hold until the new Taxi Licensing Policy is in place.

This training day is provided by York Council’s Workforce Development Unit, it runs regularly throughout the year and costs £80.00. In order to book your place please contact  please make sure you mention in the email that you are a Selby Driver.

An applicant who fails to turn up for the training day, or who arrives too late to sit the knowledge test, will forfeit the payment for the training.

The Knowledge and Safeguarding training day will cover a variety of topics aimed at helping you in your new role. These topics include:

· Disability Awareness

· Child and Adult Safeguarding

· Sexual Exploitation

· Equality Awareness

· Customer Service

· Legislation and Byelaws

· York’s Pedestrian Zone awareness

The day will end with a test on these subject areas, along with question relating to routes within the Selby area, locations and places of interest, which you will be expected to pass in order to progress your application.

If you fail the test you will be able to re-sit it. All applicants will be able to take a maximum of 6 tests. To book a re-sit please contact the Taxi Licensing Section. Re-sits will take place at the Civic Centre, Selby and cost £18.00, payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Medical Forms

All application costs are to be paid by the applicant. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse costs incurred, whether a licence is granted or not.

Tacit consent

A tacit consent does not apply to either hackney carriage or private hire driver applications, meaning that your application will not be automatically granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merits to ensure that all safeguarding measures and qualifications are in place

Existing Driver's

Exisitng Drivers will need to complete an Enhanced DBS with us every 3 years. This must be applied for via Selby District Council.

Once the payment for the DBS has been received, we will require three forms of ID from you (dated within the last three months and must not include a mobile phone bill), we will then email you a link for you to enter your personal details. Once you have submitted this information the DBS process will begin. 

Once you receive the DBS certificate back, you must contact the Licensing Team to arrange a date and time to show the certificate to us. You may wish to apply for the DBS update service at this time to save you both time and money. If you decide to sign up to this please inform the Licensing Team.

Please be aware the licence is at risk of being suspended if you fail to provide any of the checks (DBS/Medical/DVLA access code)  that are required during the duration of the licence.