Driver Licensing

If you wish to drive a Hackney Carriage Vehicle (usually known as a 'taxi') or a Private Hire Vehicle (sometimes known as a 'minicab') you will need to apply for a Driver's Licence for that particular category of vehicle. If you wish to drive both types of vehicle, this can be done under the dual Hackney Carriage Driver Licence, however you will need to hold an Operator’s Licence to do this.  If you hold a licence for a Private Hire Driver you will not be able to work as a Hackney Carriage Driver.  You should think carefully before you apply for your licence, as the licences are not interchangeable.

For further information on what is necessary to be granted a hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence in the Tendring District and the process that is required for all new applicants, please click for an information leaflet on the link below.

Driver Information and Application Form

Taxi and Private Hire Driver Personal Safety Advice

As part of the process to qualify for the grant of a new hackney carriage/private hire drivers licence in the Tendring District,  all new driver licence applicants are required to pass a suitability test and also a driver knowledge test. Information on both is contained in the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

Child Sexual Exploitation and Vulnerable Persons training

Child Sexual Exploitation and Vulnerable Persons training will be required for all grant applications and existing licences upon renewal. This will be implemented from April 2024 and the provider to supply this is Blue Lamp Trust.

Further information can be found using the link below –


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