URGENT NOTICE | Nottingham City Council shall be accepting new initial driver applications from Monday 5 October 2020. New National Standards issued by the government specify that a 6 monthly DBS check is now required. If a 6 monthly DBS check cannot be complied with then the driving licence will be suspended. It is important and essential for taxi drivers to sign up to the online DBS service and continue with the subscription to allow DBS checks to be carried out every 6 months

Due to the current situation - COVID-19 Licensing are following the government regulations and have decided that from 24.03.2020 the office will be CLOSED until further notice and no appointments are to be taken at reception.

If you have any taxi related queries please email taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Application for a Combined Hackney Carriage Private Hire Drivers Licence

This is a combined licence, which entitles the holder to drive Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles licensed by Nottingham City Council. A Hackney carriage driver may work independently with a Hackney Carriage, whereas a Private Hire Driver must always work with a licensed operator.

To apply for a driver licence an applicant must be at least 18 years old and have held a full British Driving Licence for at least one year. The DVLA driving licence must be presented upon submission of the application form together with your National Insurance Number.

Applying for an Initial Driver Licence

At the time of submission you would need to have completed the following:

  • An application form
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) disclosure form - Convictions Policy (refer to the forms below for the further details)
  • A Medical Form
  • Two written character references from someone who has known you for 5 years or more (not from relatives or your local Councillor)
  • For Private Hire work, an offer of work from the Private Hire Operator you intend to work for, or a letter of confirmation from a proprietor of a Hackney Carriage if intending to drive a Hackney Carriage
  • Three forms of ID including Full UK Driving Licence (MUST be held for a minimum of 1 year)
  • Immigration Act right to work documentation
  • A recent passport size photograph
  • Taxi Licensing Fees payable by cheque, card or postal order (cash not accepted)

Once the application is submitted to the Licensing Section we will then verify the application and supporting documents and run a DVLA check through the .GOV portal.

Please note that following the receipt of an initial application it can take 6 to 8 weeks to complete the process due to the Licensing Office awaiting confirmation of checks from the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).


Applicants are required to complete the Blue Lamp Trust e-learning course which is available at;


The fee of £12 is payable to the trust.

Upon successfully completing the course, please download your certificate and email it to taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Medical Certificate

If your Medical is required please contact either of the numbers below.  You can be seen at either of these two locations:

The Corner House, Rectory Road, Colwick, NG4 2DU

AC Medical Services Ltd, Weavers Lane Nottingham NG15 0AT.

Telephone Numbers - Dr Margaret Clamp 07802 850084 or Dawn Connor 07843612527 (text or call). Voice message line 01623752754.

Please note that the fee is £60.00.

During COVID-19 outbreak you will need to wear a face covering and additional cleaning steps will be taken.

Driving Tests

Driving tests are booked by the applicant on telephone number 0115 876 1444 when the DBS and DVLA checks are satisfactory

All new applicants will be subject to an assessment of driving, by taking a driving test.

You must have your valid, signed drivers licence when you report for the test and proof of insurance for the vehicle. The examiner will not conduct your test without them.

The applicant must provide for the test, a suitable four door saloon, hatchback or estate car. Open top cars or commercial vehicles are not acceptable. The vehicle to be used must be legally taxed, insured and in roadworthy condition, though not a licensed vehicle.

You must attend for your test at the specified time. Applicants who report late may forfeit their test and will be charged a re-test fee.

If you are unable to attend for your appointment you must cancel the test by calling the number provided on the driving test booking insert at least 48 hours before the time scheduled for the test. You will not then be charged.

The driving test will be of 30 minutes duration and you must demonstrate to the examiner your ability to handle the vehicle safely and competently in a range of situations and traffic conditions. At the end of the driving test, the applicant will be asked a series of questions from the current Highway Code. On successful completion of the test, the applicant will be issued with a pass certificate which requires to be submitted to the Licensing Section.

Topography Test

Location of the Topography Test:


Central Police Station

Maid Marian Way

Byron House



Due to COVID-19 there will be a limited amount of booking spaces and social distancing MUST be adhered to, facial coverings MUST also be worn on arrival and throughout the test unless exempt under the Government Guidelines.

An officer from Nottingham City Council will spend time before the test to go through the instructions.    

Before you sit the Topography Test you must bring along with you your current Driving Licence or photographic identification & an up to date A-Z map. The Topography Test will take 45 minutes and will consists of four separate sections from the following categories:

  • Licence conditions
  • Premises and locations
  • Road Junctions
  • Shortest route

You are required to bring along with your own pen to complete the paper-based Topography Test, please arrive at the side of Byron House 15 minutes prior to Test date.


Please read thoroughly the driver licence conditions for a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire. Also additional “Did you know that” questions and answers sheet under which this examination will be conducted.  

Examination conditions

The applicant:

  • will remain silent throughout the test
  • will switch off mobile phones or other electronic devices
  • will not be able to use any additional written material during the examination
  • will not leave the room during the test without the permission of the examiner

(Any applicant who does leave will only be allowed to return at the discretion of the examiner)

The examination may be terminated at any time by the examiner or the applicant. If the applicant requests, during the examination, that it is terminated then the examination fee will, of course, be forfeited.

Candidates who fail to reach the required grade can request a retest for £50.00.

Failure to pass will require a rebooking of the Topography Test and a further fee per re-test of £50.00 is payable.

The driver's badge once issued will be for a one year or three year duration.

You will be required to have a DVLA and Disclosure and Barring check carried out annually.

Applying to Renew Drivers Licence

Each year a renewal form will be sent to your recorded address. (Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure your licence is renewed before it expires). On receipt of your renewal notification (this is sent 2 months before the expiry of your current licence). Due to the current situation (COVID-19), the licensing section is currently closed and all documents for renewal would need sending electronically to taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

  • The renewal letter
  • Completed renewal application form
  • A DVLA check carried out by our office using a driving licence, National Insurance Number and postcode
  • 1 x Passport Sized photograph
  • DVLA Driving Licence
  • Immigration Act – right to work documentation
  • The current fee  (cash not accepted)

As part of the renewal process, you will be required to have a DVLA check and Disclosure Barring check carried out and provide Right to Work documentation to the Taxi Licensing office. 

You must also check the rear of your badge to see whether you are required to have a medical as part of your renewal application.

An application to renew a licence will not be accepted if it is more than one month following the expiry date of the licence (without reasonable cause).  No shortened/temporary licence will be granted and any application made after that time will be treated as a 'new' application and you will need to go through the same procedure as that specified for the grant of an initial licence.

When a renewal licence has been granted and processed, the applicant will be contacted and required to return the expired/expiring drivers badge to the Licensing Office and in turn, be issued with their 'new' driver's badge. (Please note: The driver's badge is a controlled item and as such requires returning to Licensing).

Failure to return drivers badge may lead to a delay in issuing the 'new' badge until the Licensing Office receive:

  • Letter of confirmation from the applicant as to the reason for not returning driver's badge
  • Police 'crime number' re lost or stolen driver's badge

New National Standards issued by the government specify that a 6 monthly DBS check is now required. If a 6 monthly DBS check cannot be complied with then the driver’s licence will be suspended.

It is important and essential for taxi drivers to sign up to the online DBS service and continue with the subscription to allow DBS checks to be carried out every 6 months.

 For further information please contact the licensing office at taxi.licensing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk


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Contact Us

Commercial and Operations Licensing
Central Police Station
Byron House
Maid Marian Way

Tel: 0115 915 6571

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