Taxi driver licences


Important information regarding Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licence applications

Following the latest government advice on social distancing, the council cannot offer licensing appointments until further notice. We are able to accept applications by email for the following:

  • Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licences
  • Hackney carriage and private hire driver applications for current licence holders (renewal applications)

We are not able to accept applications from new applicants who are not already licensed by the council.

We have produced this taxi and private hire licensing advice document (95.0 KB) PDF - please read this document before contacting the licensing team with queries as it may contain the information you need.

We will shortly be in a position to process applications for private hire operators. Please check the website for updates.

Guidance for applicants

We are able to accept renewal applications from drivers who already hold a hackney carriage/private hire driver’s licence from the council to enable drivers to continue providing vital public transport where it is safe to do so.

We are currently only able to accept renewal applications. If you had an appointment that was cancelled and your licence lapsed as a result, you will be treated as though you applied to renew before the expiry date.

Please do not apply more than 4 weeks before the expiry of your licence. Renewal applications will be prioritised by expiry date. We will do our best to process your application as quickly as possible but please bear in mind it will very likely take longer than usual.

If you meet the following criteria, and have unlimited leave to remain in the UK, the licence will be granted for the usual 3 year period:

  • You are signed up to the DBS Update Service AND
  • You are able to send us a scan of the full DBS certificate AND
  • The council saw your original DBS certificate at the last application AND
  • The council has satisfactory proof of current right to work in the UK on your file from a previous application.

If you meet the above criteria but have limited leave to remain, subject to us being able to confirm any required checks with the Home Office, the licence will be granted as per their direction (usually 6 months).

For those not on the DBS Update Service, applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis to consider whether a temporary licence can be issued for 3 months. This will then be extended subject to a satisfactory DBS certificate being obtained.

How to apply

You will need to print off this application form (216.3 KB) PDF   This link will take you to an external website... and complete as normal, including signing and dating the form. Please take care to complete the application form in full. Any incomplete or illegible applications will be rejected and will not be processed.

You need to scan this application and email the form to us at licensing@southoxon.gov.uk with all of the usual supporting documents, ideally in one email. If you are on the DBS Update Service, you need to include a scanned copy of your full DBS disclosure. If you do not have access to a scanner, you could try to photograph each page but please note it must be clear and legible or we will not be able to process it. Please contact us if you are unable to do this.

When we are ready to process your application, we will call you to take payment over the phone. If there are any issues with the phone payment system, you will be required to send us a cheque (made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council).

When we have a completed correct application and payment, we will process the application and issue the licence and badge. We will then post this licence out to you by first class recorded delivery (someone will need to be in to sign for this). You will not be able to collect the badge from the office. Please do not telephone the offices at this time, as this will only prevent us from processing applications.


Last reviewed: 25 - 03 - 2020

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