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Private hire drivers' licence

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/381KB/22 pages).

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

You should also fill in the Intelligent data systems (IDS) licence check mandate (PDF/94KB/1 page).

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, you must submit the pass certificate by email or post to our Licensing Team.

As a new driver you are required to make an appointment to be seen by a licensing officer, appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9am and 12pm. Please contact the licensing team to make an appointment.

When attending the interview, please bring your completed application, a recent passport photo, your driving licence, any other original relevant documentation and the appropriate fee:

  • new driver application (one year): £98.06
  • new driver application (three years): £208.93
  • IDS (three years): £6.90
  • DBS (three years): £54.00

Existing holders of a private hire drivers' licence will be forwarded the relevant application forms approximately three months prior to the renewal date.

Guidance notes

Guidance on the relevance of previous convictions or police cautions for private hire vehicle drivers' (PDF/28KB/4 pages)

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