Private hire

2. Apply for a new licence

As a licensed private hire driver in Stockport you:

  • must be over 21 and have held a driving licence for over 12 months
  • can only drive a private hire vehicle licensed by us
  • can only pick up passengers who have pre-booked the journey through a licensed Stockport private hire operator
  • cannot pick up passengers who have flagged you down on the street
  • cannot pick up passengers from taxi ranks

Before you apply you'll need:

For your application you must complete and submit:

To submit your application you'll need:

  • Declaration of convictions, cautions and pending prosecutions
  • Medical Report of Fitness issued within the last 28 days
  • an enhanced DBS certificate issued within the last 28 days
  • screenshot of your taxi driver knowledge test results
  • to have passed a taxi driver assessment and show proof of your certificate. You can book a test with either of our partner assessors Mitchells School of Motoring or TfGM
  • EEA or UK photocard driving licence - both sides and showing your current name and address
  • utility bill or bank statement issued within the last 3 months showing your current name and address
  • passport sized photo
  • your passport
  • if you are not a British citizen, your Home Office Right to Work Employers Share Code
  • evidence of your National Insurance number
  • screenshot of your DVLA code. This gives us access to your driving history
  • a Certificate of Good Conduct. This must be authenticated by the appropriate countries embassy if you've:
    • lived in the UK less than 5 years
      or
    • spent 6 continuous months or more living outside the UK since the age of 10

If you do not submit all the required documents, there may be a delay in your application.

Cost of licence

  • £175 - 1 year
  • £215 - 3 years

Legislation and conditions

As a licensed private hire driver you must make sure that:

  • your Medical Report of Fitness is submitted every 5 years. If you're over the age of 65 this should be submitted every year
  • you subscribe to the DBS Update Service. It's a condition of your licence to subscribe to the DBS update service. You'll only need to submit a new certificate if there are any changes reported by the DBS. You must provide us with your updated service details so that we can carry out the necessary checks throughout the duration of your licence and at renewal. If your DBS is due in the next 6 weeks and you're not subscribed to the DBS Update Service, you must contact Taxiplus to renew it on 01254 355 665
  • make sure you're aware of all of your key DBS dates. You risk your licence being suspended if you fail to keep up the subscription
  • your name, address, mobile number and email address are kept up to date. This is a condition of your licence. If there are any changes to your personal details email taxi.licensing@stockport.gov.uk so that you can continue to receive important updates. Note: we are not running surgeries, appointments or drop-in sessions at this time
  • you register with HMRC for tax purposes. You'll need to confirm with us that this has been done before you renew your licence
  • you comply with the taxi driver's dress code

Apply for a new private hire drivers licence