Applying for a private hire or hackney carriage driver licence

Before you apply, you should consider if this is the right career for you. You may want to consider: 

  • the number of private hire and hackney carriage drivers already licensed
  • income
  • hours
  • outlay costs – including buying or 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 emailing for advice or guidance.

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

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 on 01634 337 108 or by emailing

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