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Private Hire & Taxi Driver Licence


As a result of changes to the law made by the Government in the Immigration Act 2016, from 1 December 2016 anyone applying for grant or renewal of a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Driver's licences or Private Hire Operator Licence must have the right to work in the UK, and the Council must check that this applies to every applicant before issuing or renewing a licence.

This applies to all licence holders regardless of where they were born, how long they have lived in the UK and, if they already hold a licence, how long they have held it for.

The application will only be able to progress if the applicant provides the correct original documentation (as specified by the Home Office) showing a right to work in the UK.  The Home Office Right to Work Documentation List can be accessed here.


See below for fees for Driver Licences from April 2017:


New or Renewal Private Hire Drivers Licence  £105.00                                        
New or Renewal Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence  £105.00
New or Renewal Dual Drivers Licence  £122.00
Knowledge Test (per attempt)  £37.00
Replacement Badge  £37.00
Change of Name/Licence Details (Per Licence)  £37.00



To download our current Driver Application and Guidance Notes & our Knowledge Test of the Bedford Area Syllabus, please click on the link below, as applicable:

Private Hire & Taxi Driver Application and Guidance Notes

Private Hire Driver Conditions

Taxi Driver Conditions

Knowledge Test of the Bedford Area Syllabus

Conviction and Character Policy for Hackney Carriage, Private Hire Drivers and Operators


Please note you are required to bring with you on the day of your English & Knowledge Tests photographic I.D.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Application Forms can be collected from the Customer Engagement Centre in Horne Lane.


Taxi Driver Assessments are undertaken by The Blue Lamp Trust. Taxi Driver Assessments can be booked through The Blue Lamp Trust Website at www.bluelamptrust.org.uk or by contacting The Blue Lamp Trust on 0333 7000157.


Please note that the Private Hire & Taxi Driver Application Form has been updated to include school transport authorisations. All applicants must fill in the new application from. Only the NEW forms will be accepted from the 1st of April 2013. New Forms may  also be collected from the Customer Engagement Centre in Horne Lane.


Exemption from Carrying Dogs

For those drivers with medical conditions that would be aggravated by carrying assistance dogs, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 makes provision for licensing authorities to grant exemptions on medical grounds only and to issue drivers with a Certificate of Exemption.


Please download a Dog Exemption Application Form.

Please download a Dog Exemption Medical form


To view a public register of Taxi and Private Hire Drivers, please visit http://www.licensing.bedford.gov.uk/. This on-line register may not include all items that are available to the public for inspection and, therefore, further enquiries may be necessary of the Authority.


If you would like to make an on-line payment, please use the link in the listing on the left hand side of this page.


If you would like to receive an application form by post, please use the link below which will generate a request with your requirements.

Request Form


Licence Summary

To drive a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licensed by the Authority, an individual must hold a Driver’s Licence issued by the same Authority.

Eligibility Criteria


Applicants for a Private Hire/Hackney carriage Driver’s Licence must be authorised to drive a motor car and they need to have been authorised to drive such a car for at least 12 months.  This is usually achieved by holding a full DVLA Driving Licence for category B vehicles. 

The Authority must also be satisfied that the applicant is fit and proper to hold such a Licence.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Town Police Clauses Act 1847

Application Evaluation Process


The applicant will complete an application and submit this to the Authority with the required fee.  If they have not already done so, they will also need to book themselves for the following tests:

(1)   The Basic English Assessment

(2)   The Knowledge of the Bedford Area Test

(3)    Taxi Driver Assessment

The Authority’s policy is that if individuals have not passed the above tests they will not normally be granted a Licence. 

The Authority will also obtain details of the information held on the applicant by the DVLA and submit an application for an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure on the applicant.  Any driving licence endorsements and criminal records recorded will be assessed against the Authority’s Criminal Records Policies to determine whether the applicant would normally be refused a Licence. 

A medical examination may be required if there is any reason to believe that the applicant has a condition that could affect their ability to drive and/or the applicant is over 65 years of age.

Any other information that comes to light which brings the character of the applicant/Licensee into question will be considered.  Where the applicant has not been resident in the UK for the five years immediately prior to the application, a certificate will be requested from the country they were resident in during that period as to any criminal records against them.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?


No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.  The target completion period for processing these applications is 30 working days.

Apply online (You will need Version 9 (or higher) of Adobe Reader)


You can download application forms using the links on this page.  Once signed, you can also return them electronically.  On-line payment of the required fee is available using the links on the left hand side of this web page.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance. Any Licence Holder who is aggrieved by a condition attached to their Licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court

Consumer Complaint


We would always advise that in the event of a complaint you should contact the Licensing Authority or if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other Redress


Trade Associations

Private Hire & Taxi Monthly

National Taxi Association