Taxi Driver Licence

If you need to apply for or renew a Taxi Driver Licence you can do so here.

Any person who wishes to drive a licensed hackney carriage or private hire vehicle must first obtain a licence from the Council as the licensing authority.

All Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles that carry passengers and take money for this service must be licensed by us and every driver that works in these vehicles must also be licensed.  They must also wear a photographic identity badge at all times when they are working.

The only drivers badge issued by us is a dual badge which allows drivers to either drive a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle.


To become a licensed driver you must have held a full UK DVLA driving licence for at least 12 months.

Any new applicants that wish to become a licensed driver must achieve the below requirements before a licence can be granted:

  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for criminal convictions and cautions (see Disclosure and Barring Service).
  • A Group 2 Medical assessment with their own GP or medical practice
  • Driving Assessment undertaken by Devon Travel Academy
  • Highway Code and local knowledge tests
  • Provide evidence of right to work in the UK

New applicants will need to make an appointment to attend an interview at the Council so that identification documents can be verified. They will also need to undertake the Highway Code and local knowledge tests.

To apply, please contact Licensing by emailing

Renewal of Licences

Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Driver Licences must be renewed either every three years or every year. A reminder will be issued by the Council in advance of the expiry date.

When a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required, drivers must make an appointment to see an Officer. This is to verify their identification documents and submit the application.

Once a driver has received their DBS certificate, they must sign up to the DBS Update Service. This ensures that their status can be checked at any time while licensed with West Devon Borough Council (see Disclosure and Barring Service).

Appointments should be made in good time in advance of the licence expiry date.

Additional medical assessments will also need to be undertaken on a periodic basis.


For fees, please see the licensing fees page.