Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maintaining the safety of everyone in the district is our top priority and we're working with our partner organisations to closely monitor developments.

Information about how we're responding and the latest guidance for the North West of England

Private hire driver


To drive a Private Hire vehicle you must have a licence issued by us.

  • The fee for a Private Hire Driver Licence is £185
  • Each licence is valid for a period not longer than 3 years

Please read the private hire taxi driver licence guidance notes before completing the application form.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned to you.

We expect all applicants to familiarise themselves with Council policies and conditions attached to licences.

All new Private Hire drivers are required to complete and pass a Knowledge and Conditions Test as part of the application process. We are only accepting applications for those who have successfully passed this test.

A mock test can be found below which gives you an idea of the types of questons asked and how the questions are displayed i.e. multiple choice.

Applicants for a Private Hire Driver Licence should note the "three- licence rule"; Driver, Vehicle and Operator must all be licensed by the same Authority.

Knowledge and Conditions Test Sample

Private Hire Driver application