Private hire drivers' licence

Last Updated: 2 December 2022

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a private hire drivers' licence you should fill in the private hire driver application form (PDF 4MB / 20 pages).

The new driver application form includes a medical questionnaire which is required to be completed by your GP/Surgery.

Along with the driver application, you will need to submit a completed Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) form, which is available from the Licensing department or South Lakeland House reception in Kendal.

If you already have an Enhanced DBS certificate, it must be dated within three months of us receiving your application.

Drivers are also required to complete a driver assessment. You can either call LTS on 01524 858326 or book a private hire test online.

Applicants seeking the grant of a licence:

When you have passed the test, you must submit the pass certificate with your application.

Licensed drivers:

When you have passed the test, your certificate must be included when submitting your complete application.

As a new driver you are required to make an appointment to be seen by the licensing team. A member of the licensing team will contact you to make an appointment.

  • new driver application (one year): £98.06
  • new driver application (three years): £208.93
  • DBS (three years): £54.00

Guidance notes

Guidance on the relevance of previous convictions or police cautions for private hire vehicle drivers' (PDF 193KB / 6 pages)

How to renew your private hire drivers' licence

To renew your licence, please complete the renewal private hire driver application (PDF 388KB / 8 pages).

The completed application should be sent to the licensing team along with a passport photo, driving licence and the relevant fee. 

Please note you may have other documents that are due with your renewal;

The fees are as follows:

  • renewal driver application (one year): £64.74
  • renewal driver application (three years): £151.87
  • DBS (three years): £54.00
  • replacement driver badge: £53.71