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New Driver Licence

You can apply to become a taxi driver if you’re over 18 years old and you’ve held a full DVLA driving licence for at least 12 months.

New driver Information

If you would like to become a taxi or private hire driver please see the below information about how to apply and the application process. You should read the Common Licensing Standards for Taxi and Private Hire Licensing in Gloucestershire and Stroud's Taxi and Private Hire Policies before submitting your application.


Criminal and driving convictions

If you’ve got a criminal conviction or points you should read the Convictions Policy in the Common Licensing Standards for Licensing hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers before applying.


National Register of Taxi Licence Revocations and Refusals (NR3)

Stroud District Council has signed up to the National Register of Taxi Licence Refusals and Revocations (NR3). From 1st April 2020 Officers will use the register to check all new and renewal driver applications to establish whether they have had a licence revoked or an application refused by another authority. 


Tax Conditionality Checks

From 4 April 2022, the rules changed when applying for taxi and private hire drivers licence. For information about tax conditionality checks please click here.

You will not need to complete a tax check if you have:

  • never held a licence of the same type before
  • had a licence of the same type that ceased to be valid a year or more before making this application

However, you must ensure that you have read the tax responsibilities guidance by signing the declaration on the new driver application form.



Application Step 1


You will need to email the following to;

  • Completed application form
  • DVLA Share Code - for more information please click here
  • Photo of your DVLA driving licence
  • Apply for an Enhanced DBS check  (If you are already registered with the DBS update Service, provide us your Enhanced DBS Certificate so we can check if it meets our criteria)  Please click here for more information and the link to apply for an Enhanced DBS check
  • Three forms of I.D. for your new Enhanced DBS check (a full list of acceptable documents can be found here)
  • Proof of your Right to Licence in the UK - Click here for a full list of acceptable documents. And for further information about this check please see our Right to Licence Fact Sheet.
  • Initial payment of £54.40 for the Enhanced DBS application - This can be paid here



Once Step 1 of the application process is complete you will need to contact the licensing team, using the email address above, to arrange an appointment at the council offices at Ebley Mill. You will need to bring your original Right to Work document and your DBS certificate to this appointment for us to see in person. 


Application Step 2


Once you have completed Step 1 of the application and we have told you we are satisfied that there are no relevant convictions on your DBS certificate or DVLA record you can move onto Step 2.


You will need to email the following to;

  • Photo - this will need to be a clear photo of yourself against a plain background
  • Driver Assessment Certificate - please click here for a list of our approved providers
  • Completed medical form - for more information please click here
  • Safeguarding and Equalities Training Certificate - please click here for training dates and details about how to book
  • English Proficiency Evidence - You must provide an appropriate educational certificate for a qualification related to English. Acceptable qualifications may include a GCSE (or equivalent) in a subject such as English language or literature, a degree in a subject containing substantial English content, or an NVQ or BTEC in a subject that requires its students to communicate well in English. If you are unable to provide an appropriate education certificate you must pass an English Proficiency Test through an approved assessor. Click here for further information.
  • Application Fee - for a list of fees please click here.



Application Step 3 

* Hackney Carriage applicants ONLY*


  • Knowledge test - for further information about the test please click here.



Granting of the licence

Once all of the above has been completed to a satisfactory level the Licensing Team will issue your licence. We will email you your licence and an Interim Authority Notice. You will need to keep the Interim Authorisation Notice within the vehicle at all times for members of the public and the police to view in the absence of your badges.


Your badges will then be posted out to you at our earliest convenience. When you receive your badges you must remember that when you are working, you must wear one badge on your person so that it is plainly visible to the public, and display the second badge on the passenger side front dash board of the vehicle




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