Hackney carriage / Private hire driver's licence

A licence is required before any person can drive a licensed Private Hire vehicle or Hackney Carriage. Please check our convictions policy and general policy before applying.

Before a licence is granted the applicant must satisfy the council:

  • They have held a full driver’s licence (not a provisional licence) granted to the applicant under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1972 authorising them to drive a motor car for at least two years prior to the date of the application
  • They must pass the local area knowledge, reading, writing and maths tests set by West Lindsey District Council
  • They are a fit and proper person to hold a licence
  • They are medically fit
  • They must pass a police criminality check carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure safety to the public
  • They must undertake e-learning training in Safeguarding, Exploitation and Modern Slavery
  • They must attend a driving assessment with Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership and be deemed ‘low risk’ if they have 6 or more live points on their DVLA driving licence

Knowledge Test

All new applicants are required to firstly undertake a Knowledge Test (of the West Lindsey district). The paper also tests reading, writing and maths and is available to sit at our Gainsborough office. You must bring to the appointment: your driving licence (showing your current address), an acceptable document for a Right to a Licence Check (see information further down the page) and the fee (card/cheque only)

To request an appointment for a knowledge test please contact us via the details at the end of this page.

Due to not being in the office we are currently holding knowledge tests by video call (Zoom) so candidates will need access to a device with a camera, internet and a screen large enough to read from (N.B. a mobile phone is not suitable).


Applicants who pass the test will then receive a full set of application forms and need to provide the following to submit their application:

  • Completed application form, including DVLA check code
  • Medical form completed by your doctor (*see note below)
  • DVLA Driving Licence showing your current address
  • Current passport or birth certificate
  • 2 utility bills, can include a bank statement (mobile phone bill not acceptable)
  • 1 recent, colour passport-sized photograph

  • Safeguarding e-learning certificates as specified in the application form
  • The current business licence fee

*The medical form can be submitted at a later date but is required to complete your application. Please note the fee paid by you to your GP is non-refundable.

Please check our convictions policy and general policy before applying.

Upon production of your forms at reception, original ID documents will be copied by a member of staff and forms/photo taken, along with the fee.

The purple DBS application form gets sent to the Disclosure and Barring Service once verified by a licensing officer. The time taken to process this depends on them but applications can be tracked with the DBS application form reference and date of birth at crbonline. Only the applicant will receive the issued green DBS certificate so once received the original will need bringing to reception for photocopying by a member of staff.

If you wish to send your original documents by post we recommend sending them through a tracked delivery service.

Right to a Licence Checks

The Immigration Act 2016 requires us to check every applicant’s right to work in the UK which may include checking immigration statuses with the Home Office. All applicants must therefore provide a document or document combination for this check. The list of documents can be found on the last two pages of our application form, available in the Downloads section of this page. The right to a licence check will be conducted by us at a face to face meeting with the applicant. We will need to see the original document(s), such as a passport or biometric residence permit so that the check can take place. We will retain copies of any documents produced for checking.

Where an applicant has restrictions on the length of time they may work in the UK we cannot issue a licence for any longer than this period. In these circumstances the right to a licence check will be repeated each time you apply to renew or extend your licence.

We look forward to receiving your application and if you have any difficulty with any of the forms or have any questions, please contact us on the details below.

Licensing registers are available to view using the link below.

Public Register

To report any problems with licensed drivers, vehicles or operators please provide details of your complaint in writing to the licensing team, using the contact details below. Please include any licence numbers or company names to help us look into your concerns.


West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
DN21 2NA

Email:  licensing@west-lindsey.gov.uk