Becoming a new driver

Step by step guide to applying for a private hire or hackney carriage driver licence

This guide will help you to submit an application to be a licensed private hire or hackney carriage driver in the Blackburn with Darwen area.

Applications with evidence missing or that are inaccurate take much longer to process because of the need for our teams to follow up with you and request items.

  1. To apply to be a private hire or hackney carriage driver you must be proficient in English

  2. You must have an offer of employment

  3. You must hold a driving licence issued in the UK

  4. Mandatory training required

  5. You must declare details of any personal convictions, motoring offences, pending court cases or police investigations

  6. Information we record

  7. Know your tax responsibilities as a private hire or hackney carriage driver

  8. How to prove your right to work in the UK as part of your application

  9. Apply for and upload a DBS certificate

  10. Required if you have lived overseas for 6 or more continuous months in the last 5 years

  11. Book your driver training and knowledge test

  12. You must be medically fit and have a good level of vision

  13. Mandatory training required

  14. How much you will pay for your driver licence

  15. Complete the online application form