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Private hire driver licence

We have a responsibility to ensure that drivers of private hire vehicles are fit and proper persons to hold their licence.

Drivers are issued with a badge which must be worn at all times when carrying out their duties, we only issue licences after the driver has been checked to make sure that he or she:

  • has a valid driving licence
  • is a fit and proper person
  • understands the relevant laws
  • has a good knowledge of the Peterborough area with a good standard of driving

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Apply for a new private hire drivers licence

If you wish to become a private hire driver you need to:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold a current full UK driving licence and have held this for more than one year

To become a private hire driver you will need to complete an online application for a licence.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the online application process. You will be required to present the originals when invited to an interview with a Peterborough City Council licensing officer:

  • Enhanced disclosure certificate - If you are a member of the disclosure update service then you can provide your current enhanced disclosure and reference number in place of the full enhanced disclosure certificate. For further information and guidance on obtaining an enhanced DBS criminal record check please contact our licensing team
  • Taxi general competency certificate from Peterborough Regional College
  • Medical form signed by a medical practitioner
  • DVLA driving licence (photo card)
  • DVLA driving licence check summary and code
  • Passport style/size photo for ID badge
  • Proof of right to work in UK for example a British passport - A list of acceptable documents has been published by the Home Office, further information can be found on GOV.UK's Right to Work checklist
  • If not continuously resident in the UK for the last 5 years a Statement of Good Conduct will need to be uploaded further information can be found on GOV.UK's Record checks for overseas applicants

For more information please read the private hire driver conditions, private hire policy and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Renew private hire driver licence

If your private hire driver licence is due to expire in the next 30 days you will need to renew your licence online.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the application process:

  • Enhanced disclosure certificate - If you are a member of the disclosure update service then you can provide your current enhanced disclosure and reference number in place of the full enhanced disclosure certificate
  • DVLA driving licence (photo card)
  • DVLA driving licence check summary and code
  • Medical form signed by a medical practitioner

For more information please read the private hire driver conditions, private hire policy and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Private hire vehicle licence

We have a responsibility to ensure that private hire vehicles are safe, in good condition and well maintained.

Apply for a new private hire vehicle licence

If you wish to licence a new private hire vehicle you will need to complete an online application.

Your vehicle must be less than six years old. There are also mileage restrictions depending on the age of your vehicle.

Your vehicle will need to be inspected at our appointed testing station. You will need to bring your vehicle inspection pass sheet with you when you collect your vehicle licence plate.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the application process.

  • Vehicle insurance certificate
  • V5C Log book

For more information please read the private hire driver conditions, private hire policy and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Renew private hire vehicle licence

If your private hire vehicle licence is due to expire in the next 30 days you will need to renew your licence online.

Your vehicle must be less than ten years old. There are also mileage restrictions depending on the age of your vehicle.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the application process.

  • Vehicle insurance certificate
  • V5C Log book

For more information please read the private hire driver conditions, private hire policy and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Private hire operator licence

Apply for a new private hire operator licence

If you would like to become a private hire operator you can apply online.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the online application process. You will be required to present the originals when invited to an interview with a Peterborough City Council licensing officer:

  • A basic criminal records check certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service for any company directors
  • Proof of right to work in UK, for example a British passport - A list of acceptable documents and further information can be found on GOV.UK's Right to Work checklist

Depending on the number of vehicles you wish to operate, you may also require planning permission for your premises. If you intend to operate a radio communications system you will also need a licence from Ofcom.

For more information please read the private hire operator conditions, private hire policy and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

For more information please read the private hire operator conditions, private hire policy and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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Renew private hire operator licence

If you wish to renew your existing private hire operators licence you can apply online.

You will need the following documents as you will be required to upload them during the online application process.

    For more information please read the private hire operator conditions, private hire policy and current taxi fees in our supporting documents.

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    Limousine and speciality vehicle licence

    To apply for a new licence or renew an existing please download the appropriate form, print, complete, make your payment online and send application form to us.

    New limousine vehicle licence form

    Size: 93.85 KB File format: pdf

    Limousine vehicle licence renewal form

    Size: 100.75 KB File format: pdf

    Speciality vehicle licence form

    Size: 91.15 KB File format: pdf

    Limousine and speciality vehicle conditions

    Size: 109.17 KB File format: pdf

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    Private hire plate exemption

    If you wish your executive luxury vehicle to be exempt from displaying a private hire licence plate you must apply for an exemption. Please download the form, print, complete, make your payment online and send application form to us.

    New private hire plate exemption form

    Size: 113.60 KB File format: pdf

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    Private hire plate exemption renewal

    If your existing private hire plate exemption is due to expire within the next 30 days you will need to renew by downloading the renewal application form. Please download the form, print, complete, make your payment online and send application form to us.

    Private hire plate exemption renewal form

    Size: 113.56 KB File format: pdf

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    Licence type change (private hire to Hackney)

    If you already hold a private hire drivers licence and wish to become a Hackney Carriage driver you will need to complete an application form. Please download the form, print, complete, make payment online and then send to us.

    Licence type change (private hire to Hackney) form

    Size: 149.65 KB File format: pdf

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    Notify us of a change

    If you have recently changed address, sold your vehicle to another private hire driver or replaced your vehicle we will need to vary your licence. Please download the relevant form below, print, complete, make payment online and send application form to us.

    Change of address

    Size: 98.98 KB File format: pdf

    Replacement vehicle

    Size: 113.13 KB File format: pdf

    Plate transfer (change of vehicle owner)

    Size: 106.71 KB File format: pdf

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    Pay for

    Please use the links below to order and pay for sundry items and services. No prior application is required. On receipt of your payment and when we have verified your entitlement, a member of our licensing team will contact you to arrange delivery/collection.

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    Supporting information

    Documents you need to complete an application

    New Driver Licence Renewal Driver Licence New Vehicle Licence Renewal Vehicle Licence New Operator Licence Renewal Operator Licence
    Enhanced disclosure certificate  ✔  ✔
    Taxi general competency certificate  ✔
    Medical form  ✔  ✔
    DVLA driving licence (photo card)  ✔  ✔
    DVLA driving licence check summary and code  ✔  ✔
    Passport style/size photo for ID badge  ✔
    Proof of right to work in UK  ✔  ✔
    Statement of good conduct
    (if not continuously resident in the UK for the last 5 years)
     ✔  ✔
    Vehicle insurance certificate  ✔  ✔
    VSC Log book  ✔  ✔
    Basic disclosure certificate  ✔  ✔
    Ofcom Licence
    (if radio communication system in use)
     ✔  ✔

    Supporting documents

    Driver medical form

    Size: 125.61 KB File format: pdf

    Private hire operator conditions

    Size: 191.09 KB File format: pdf

    Private hire driver conditions

    Size: 93.51 KB File format: pdf

    Private hire vehicle conditions

    Size: 147.81 KB File format: pdf

    PCC Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

    Size: 995.03 KB File format: pdf

    Taxi fees - April 2017

    Size: 221.73 KB File format: pdf

    Places of interest

    Size: 221.87 KB File format: pdf

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    Contact the licensing team

    If you require further information or guidance, please contact our licensing team by calling 01733 453491 or by email at licensing@peterborough.gov.uk.

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