Disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificates

All convictions (except protected cautions and convictions), irrespective of when the offences occurred, 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 ROA (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. 

Any driver who fails to join the update service or allows their registration with the update service to lapse will have to provide a new DBS every 6 months.

To apply for a new DBS certificate you must complete the online request for a registration code and pay for the fee.

Request a DBS registration

Once you have uploaded your application you will receive an email with a bar code that you will need to take to the Post Office to have your identity verified.

If you are having trouble submitting your application please use the enquiry form to tell us.

Taxi enquiry form

Once you have had your ID verified at the Post Office, it can take up to 8 weeks for the DBS to issue a certificate and a licence will not be issued or renewed until we have seen your DBS certificate.

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