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Hackney Carriage and private hire drivers

Applying for a private hire or hackney carriage driver licence

Before you apply, you should consider if this is the right career for you; consideration should be given to the following:  

  • The number of private hire and hackney carriage drivers already licensed
  • Income
  • Hours
  • Outlay costs – including purchasing/renting a suitable vehicle, additional equipment and the costs of annual hire and reward insurance and vehicle inspections

You may want to speak to locally licensed private hire and hackney carriage drivers, a local private hire company or contact the trade body; the Medway Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, by email: office@mltda.co.uk for advice or guidance.

There is a two stage process to obtain a driver licence:

Stage 1 - Knowledge Test

Stage 2 - Application  - If you are applying for  a Private Hire Driver Licence for Home to School Transport Contract work only, please ignore Stage 1 and go to Stage 2 of the process.


For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: 01634 337108 or by email: licensing@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR