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Hire Vehicles - Drivers

You must apply to your Local Council for a licence to drive a taxi (hackney carriage) or private hire vehicle. To apply you must be able to work legally in the UK. You must also be a fit and proper person - which means your background and character will be checked.

To be licensed as a driver with this Council you need to:

  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Complete a DVLA Data Subject Enquiry Check
  • Be over 19 years of age
  • Pass a Group 2 Driver Vocational Medical
  • Have held a full UK driving licence (or legal equivalent) for at least 2 years
  • Successfully undergo the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) or the Blue Lamp Trust taxi and private hire driver assessment
  • Undergo a written communications test & a basic multiple choice test (relating to taxi & private hire licensing)
  • Complete the safeguarding e-learning courses provided by Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership
  • Undergo a Right to Work in the UK Check
  • Confirm that you will be properly registered for tax purposes

Period of Licence

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle drivers licences are normally issued for a period of 3 years.

Taxi and Private Hire Newsletter

Have you signed up to receive our Taxi and Private Hire Newsletter? The newsletter is sent out by email. To sign up you can email us at: and title your email 'SUBSCRIBE TO TAXI & PHV NEWSLETTER'. We will now be issuing all newsletters, consultations, etc. using the email addresses that have been 'signed up'.

Driver Licence Applicant Pack

If you wish to receive a detailed driver licence application pack then please email your request (giving name and address - including post code) to:

We now make a charge of £10.00 for each first time driver enquiry pack that we send out. When that person then makes the driver licence application the £130.00 licence application fee will be reduced by £10.00 to £120.00.

Detailed information, regarding the licensing process, can be found in the links at the bottom of this webpage.

Immigration Act 2016

Immigration checks are a mandatory part of the licensing regime - this means that, as a Licensing Authority, we are prohibited from issuing driver and operator licences to anyone who is illegally present in the UK or not permitted to work in this sector. Your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of your licence application.

Data Matching

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you  provide for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information visit our Data Matching webpage.

Tax Checks - Licence Renewal Applications

If you are a taxi driver, a private hire vehicle driver or a private hire vehicle operator you will need to complete a quick tax check when you renew your licence.

You can find out about this licensing requirement at:

What you need to know - this webpage aims to give general information and guidance to individuals thinking of working as a taxi or private hire driver.
East Lindsey District Council normally issues a combined Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Driver's Licence. All driver licence applications must be made using our driver licence application form. You must be over 19 years of age and have held a full DVLA driving licence (or legal equivalent) for at least 2 years.
When applying for a licence to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle you are required by East Lindsey District Council to declare any convictions (including traffic convictions), fixed penalty notices for public order offences or cautions you may have. The information you give will be treated in confidence and will only be considered in relation to your application.
This Council has made the online safeguarding training, provided by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), a mandatory requirement for all hackney carriage and private hire vehicle drivers. The courses are free e-learning courses - there is no charge made for the courses.