Become a licensed driver

In order to drive a taxi or Private Hire Vehicle (PHV), the driver must hold a hackney carriage or private hire driver’s licence issued by East Hampshire District Council.

By law, licences to drive taxis or PHVs must only be granted to applicants who are deemed ‘fit and proper’ by the council.

This criteria covers an applicant's medical fitness, driving record, criminal convictions.

The application for a licence to drive a hackney carriage and/or a PHV must be accompanied by satisfactory evidence of the following conditions:

  • Completed application forms
  • Payment of the required fees
  • The applicant is over 21 years of age at the time of application
  • The applicant has the right to live and work in the country
  • An enhanced Criminal Record Check and evidence that they are not on a child and/or vulnerable adult barring list
  • A Medical Report from applicant's own doctor (GP) which will be sent to the Licensing Authority’s nominated Medical Examiner to satisfy that the applicant meets the DVLA Group 2 Medical Standard
  • The applicant is authorised to drive a vehicle of the same classification as that which the licence will allow them to drive and has completed the consent for the Licensing Authority to verify their DVLA licence record
  • The applicant has a minimum of three years' post-qualification driving experience at the time of application and has passed an approved driving assessment and satisfactory certificate of competence
  • The applicant has sufficient ability to speak English and to understand spoken English to provide the service they wish to be licensed for
  • If the applicant is a non-UK national, a Certificate of Good Conduct/Character/Citizenship from the Ministry of Justice from their country of origin or UK Embassy
  • If the applicant has lived abroad for more than a month since the age of 10 years old, a Certificate of Good Conduct/Character/Citizenship from the Ministry of Justice for particular country/countries
  • Ex-service personnel are exempted from the requirement of obtaining Certificates of Good Conduct for their periods of military service. Proof of period of military service is required
  • The applicant has passed the Licensing Authority’s knowledge test, assessing: knowledge of the district’s road network, basic literacy and numeracy, the Highway Code and a basic awareness of the role of a driver
  • Pass the required BTEC or MiDAS Qualification (depending on the type of Licence held) within 12 months of being granted a licence.

Applicants should be aware that this process can take between 6 to 8 weeks and in some cases could take longer due to the number of checks which need to be completed.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions)(Amendment) Order 2002 allows the licensing authority to take into account all convictions recorded against an applicant or the holder of a private hire vehicle or hackney carriage driver’s licence, whether spent or not. Therefore the licensing authority will have regard to all relevant convictions, particularly where there is a long history of offending or a recent pattern of repeat offending. Applicants can discuss further what effect a caution/conviction may have on any application by contacting the licensing officer in confidence for advice.