Disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificates

All convictions, irrespective of age, remain "live" for the purpose of a hackney carriage or private hire drivers licence as these are exempt from the concept of "spent" convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions Order) 1975.

In practice this means that all convictions will be taken into consideration when determining whether you are a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

If you have any convictions or motoring offences, your application may be referred to the General Licensing Sub-Committee, in accordance with the Council’s current convictions policy.

Applicants must subscribe to the DBS Update Service and maintain that registration for the life of the private hire/hackney carriage driver's licence. 

To apply for a new DBS certificate you must complete the online request for a registration code that will enable you complete an online application and get your identity verified at the Post Officer.  

The fee will be required, card payments only can be accepted.