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. You can also telephone or email the taxi and private hire licensing section and ask for application forms to be sent to your home address or call in person and ask for the necessary application form.
If you are renewing your licence please go to the 'Taxi and private hire trade information' page, found in the Related Pages section.
Information about prices can also be found in the 'A guide to obtaining a licence' document within the Documents section of this page.
There are specific requirements that you must meet in order to progress with an application, please see the drop down headings on this page 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
You must attend the licensing office in person 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. Please see our guide to obtaining a licence for a full list of our fees.
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.