By becoming either a Hackney carriage (taxi) or private hire driver you can play a part in delivering safe, reliable and integrated transport to everybody who lives, works or visits Leeds.
Application forms to become a taxi or private hire vehicle driver are available to download from the Documents section of this page, along with the relevant guidance notes.
If you are renewing your licence please go to the 'Taxi and private hire trade information page', found in the Related Pages section.
A list of our current prices can be found within the Documents section of this page.
There are specific requirements that you must meet in order to progress with an application, please see 'A guide to obtaining a licence' for more information on the criteria. In addition:
- you must 21 years of age to be a Hackney carriage driver
- you must have held a full DVLA, Northern Ireland or European Economic Area (EEA) state driving licence for at least three years
All licences are issued for a period of 12 months. Once strict criteria are met, you may be eligible to apply for a 3 year drivers licence. Please refer to the guide to obtaining a licence and our three year licence policy which are available to download from the Documents section.
You must attend the licensing office in person in person between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00 to make an appointment to begin the application process and pay the fee (via cash, debit card or cheque). All cheques should be made payable to Leeds City Council.
You will be given a half hour slot with a licensing officer to process your application. Missed appointments may result in an administrative fee being applied.
Applications remain valid for a period of 12 months. If you do not pass and complete all of the required tests within this time period, your application will be cancelled. The fee is non-refundable.
Important DVSA changes
The DVSA has advised that from 14 September they will no longer book any new Taxi & Private Hire Driver assessments that they have been conducting for participating Local Authorities since 1999.
Please be assured that Leeds City Council is working with other local authorities to find a suitable provider to carry out these assessments and to ensure consistency and integrity within licensing.
In the interim period, we are happy to accept your application but no licence will be granted until a valid Taxi & Private Hire Driver assessment has been completed.