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

Vehicle Licence Transfer Application Form (PDF 53 KB)​​​​​​​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
Leckwith
Cardiff


 


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.





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