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Hackney carriage and private hire taxi licenses

As the Licensing Authority for Cardiff, we are responsible for setting the conditions and issuing licences to ensure the vehicles used are safe and comfortable and that the drivers are fit and proper persons, medically fit, knowledgeable and free from relevant convictions.


How to apply


You will find application guidelines on the form and we recommend that you read them before completing the application. You should also read the licence conditions.


Taxi Drivers Licence Application Form (PDF 312 KB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Taxi Drivers Annual Renewal Application Form (PDF 329 KB)​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Private Hire Operators Licence Application Form (PDF 28 KB)​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Private Hire Vehicle Licence Application Form (PDF27 KB)​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Application Form (PDF 26 KB)​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Private Hire Vehicle Licence Transfer Form (PDF 255kB)​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Hackney Carriage Licence Transfer Form (PDF 255KB)​​Link opens in a new window


Please complete the relevant form(s) and return in person (we do not accept postal applications) to: 


Public Carriage Office
Sloper Road Bus Depot


Opening hours: 


Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 12pm and 1.30 - 4pm

Friday: 8.30am - 12pm and 1.30 - 3.30pm




  • A current full DVLA driving licence. This licence must have been held for at least 12 months
  • Four coloured passport sized photographs. These photos must be recent photographs, must not be photocopies and persons must not wear hats or sunglasses
  • Satisfactory proofs of identity including proof of eligibility to work in the UK – details of which documents you can use can be found on the application form
  • Your completed Disclosure Application Form (PDF 44 KB)​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window
  • The correct fee


    In addition, you will need to produce the following within 6 months of your application:


    • Evidence of having successfully undertaken the Level 2 BTEC course ‘Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver’
    • A pass certificate from the Driving Standards Agency’s Taxi and Private Hire Test Assessment
    • A statement from the DVLA explaining any endorsements or disqualifications that have been made on your driving licence
    • A medical certificate signed by your doctor that you are physically fit to drive a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle.

    Please see our List of Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Taxi Fees Charges (PDF 240 KB)​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

    If your application and support documents are all satisfactory you will need to prove your knowledge of the Cardiff area and will be tested on this knowledge.


    The test consists of a written and oral examination. Full details of these can be found on your application form.


    If you successfully pass the knowledge test, you may obtain a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence.

    CAPITAL CABS LTD Unit 8, Lamby Ind. Park 
    Wentloog Ave
    029 20 ​361888

    DRAGON TAXI’S Unit 5,
    Martin Rd
    Tremorfa Ind Estate
    029 2044 4445
    145 Cowbridge Rd West
    CF5 5TB
    07850 607403
    Unit 19 Leeway Court
    NP19 4SJ
    01633 270005
    TSUK BRISTOL LTD (Cygnus Taximeters)
    129 Albert Road
    St Philips
    BS2 0YA
    0117 971 7119
    T/A Vale Taxi Solutions
    13 Woodham Road
    CF63 4JE
    07565 055760
    Unit 9, Wroughton Place
    CF5 4AB
    029 2056 5661


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