Licence - Private hire drivers
A licence is required before any person can drive a private hire vehicle (minicab). The licence which is issued to the driver and the vehicle should be issued by the same licensing authority. On this page you will find all of the information needed in order to apply to become a licensed driver, or to renew your existing drivers’ licence, in a step-by-step format.
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- Step 1 - Knowledge test
- Step 2 - DVSA test
- Step 3 - Disability awareness course
- Step 4 - Medical
- Step 5 - DVLA mandate
- Step 6 - Applying
- Step 7 - CRB check results
- Step 8 - Decision
- Step 9 - Renewal
- Conditions & enforcement
- Maintaining a licence
- Contacting the licensing team
Step 6 - Applying
When you have passed the knowledge test, the DSA assessment, and undergone a medical, you are ready to apply for a drivers’ licence from the council.
You will need to complete the application form which is available to download from this webpage.
It is an offence to provide false or misleading information on the application form, which may result in prosecution.
Applications must be submitted face-to-face with a member of the licensing team, at our offices on Wiggenhall Road. See ‘Contacting the licensing team’ for the address details.
Applicants must book an appointment to see a member of the licensing team. Appointments are made online by visiting our online appointment diary.
You must turn up to your appointment with the following:
- knowledge test pass certificate - issued within the previous 6 months
- DVSA driving assessment pass certificate - issued within the previous 12 months
- medical report - completed within the previous 6 months
- valid DVLA drivers’ licence
- completed DVLA mandate form
- completed application form
- proof of identity for the purpose of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – see notes below
- a credit/debit card to pay the application fee or a Transcash receipt for this amount if paid through the Post Office – see notes below.
Your application will be returned to you as an incomplete application if you do not have all of the above on you when you arrive for your appointment, or if your documents are out of date.
If this happens, you will need to address these issues and then arrange an alternative appointment. This may involve retaking the knowledge test or DVSA assessment.
DIsclosue and Barring Service (DBS)
In order to establish your identity for the purposes of the DBS check, you need to provide your photocard DVLA driving licence and any two of the items in Group 1 below
If you are not able to provide 2 documents from Group 1, or if your DVLA driving licence is only a paper licence, you must provide 1 document from Group 2a and 1 document from Group 2b, and at least one of these documents must bear your current name and address
If you do not provide suitable documentation to confirm your identity, we will not be able to process your DBS check, and your application will be returned to you as an incomplete application.
If this happens, you will need to arrange an alternative appointment.
We will submit your DBS check on-line during your appointment.
The results of your check can take up to 8 weeks to be issued. If your disclosure has not been issued within this time, you can ask the DBS to prioritise your application by calling the DBS on 03000 200 190. You may need your unique application reference in order to ask for your application to be prioritised. We will be able to provide this to you. Unfortunately, we are not able to escalate upir check on your behalf.
Your disclosure will be issued to you by post. The council is notified if you have no criminal record or other information logged against you on Police systems. However, we are not notified if there are any convictions or any other information contained on your disclosure. If your disclosure contains any infromation, you will need contact the licensing team and arrange to show us your disclosure.
Having a criminal conviction does not mean you cannot granted a licence. We have a policy that you can download below setting out types of convictions and how we will take them into account.
Paying for your application
We accept the following methods of payment:
- Credit card
- Debit card
Please note that we do not accept cash or cheques.
If paying by credit or debit card, your payment will be taken in person upon acceptance of your valid application paperwork.
If you want to pay by cash, you can do so at any Post Office by using the orange Transcash payment forms at the Post Office counter. The Post Office do charge a fee for processing Transcash payments.
You must quote the following Credit Account Number: 306 8412. You must also quote the correct Watford Borough Council account code of EGA-000-I0541.
If paying by Transcash, you will need to arrange for payment prior to attending your appointment to submit your application. You will need to bring your Transcash receipt with you to your appointment.
Once we have accepted your paperwork and payment, the officer who is dealing with you will take your photograph and save it onto our system to be used at a later date to make your badges which are issued upon the grant of your application.
There is no need for you to provide separate photographs.
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Conditions.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 21Kb)
Private Hire Driver Licence Conditions.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 12Kb)
Safe Haven Information Card (04.08.10).pdf (Adobe PDF format, 18Kb)
PHV Standard Conditions (Amended July 2012).pdf (Adobe PDF format, 140Kb)
Drivers Licence Application Form - September 2014.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 30Kb)
Drivers licence application form (September 2014)
Medical Examination Report.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 108Kb)
DVLA mandate form (March 2013).pdf (Adobe PDF format, 96Kb)
DVLA mandate form
Change of Address Form.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 7Kb)
Watford Borough Council Conviction Policy - September 2014.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 134Kb)
Watford Borough Council Conviction Policy (September 2014)
Driver's Conviction Report Form 2012.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 7Kb)
Driver's Handbook (August 2014).pdf (Adobe PDF format, 193Kb)
Handbook with a summary of rules and regulations, and other advice, for licensed drivers
Staying Safe - Guidance for Private Hire Drivers.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 33Kb)
Sample PH Test Paper - Routes.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 114Kb)
Sample PH Test Paper - Rules and Regulations.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 103Kb)
Sample PH Test Paper - Highway Code.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 110Kb)
Sample PH Test Paper - Mental Arithmetic.pdf (Adobe PDF format, 101Kb)