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DBS, DVLA and medical checks

New drivers will need to undertake a DBS, DVLA and medical check when they first apply. You'll need to repeat the DVLA check on renewal and repeat the DBS and medical check every three years on renewal.

We’ll tell you when you’re due to carry out any of these checks so that you’re able to do so before your licence expires.

DBS check (previously CRB check)

As a private hire or taxi driver you’ll need to undertake a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) every three years.  This is to ensure that you have no criminal convictions that would prevent you from operating as a driver.

You can now subscribe to the DBS update service, more information can be found at GOV.UK.

DVLA check

We need to check your driver’s licence with the DVLA every renewal.  This will tell us when your licence expires, whether you have any endorsements (or points), and if you’ve been disqualified.

To do this we need you to fill in a DVLA mandate form which gives us permission to check your driving licence.

Medical examination

You will need to undergo a medical examination when you first apply to become a taxi driver. This is repeated every three years on renewal and every year if you are over 65.

Take a copy of the Medical form to your doctor for completion. Please note the doctor completing the medical must work at your registered doctors surgery.

This examination confirms that you’re fit and healthy and able to drive a taxi vehicle. 

This page was last updated: 9 August 2017

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