To become a licensed driver you need to have held a full driving licence for a minimum of 2 years.


You will need to apply for a Hackney Carriage or private hire drivers licence and you may also need to apply for one or more of the following licences:

  • Hackney Carriage vehicle licence
  • Private hire vehicle licence
  • Private hire operators licence

To apply for an operator's only license you do not need to hold a full driving licence.

Licence costs

You may also have to pay additional fees other than those below. For example DSA fees, medical fees etc.

Taxi licence costs
Licence type Price
New driver's licence - 1 year (includes DBS)
New driver's licence - 3 year (includes DBS)
Drivers licence (renewal) - 1 year (DBS not included)
Drivers licence (renewal) - 3 year (Includes DBS)
New vehicle licence
Unless London cab
Vehicle licence renewal
Unless London cab
Vehicle change
Unless London cab
Operator's licence (up to 2 vehicles) - 1 year licence
(DBS not included)
Operator's licence (up to 2 vehicles) - 5 year licence
(DBS not included)

Operator's licence (3 vehicles and over) - 1 year licence
(DBS not included)
Operator's licence (3 vehicles and over) - 5 year licence
(DBS not included)


The difference between a Hackney Carriage and private hire vehicle licence

As a Hackney Carriage driver you can make yourself available for immediate hire on a designated Hackney Carriage stand and can also be hailed whilst in motion.

As a private hire driver, you must operate through a private hire operator and can only take booked fares. You cannot ply for hire.

Vehicle licensing

If you work for yourself and your vehicle is suitable, you can apply to licence your own vehicle. There are however, certain conditions and policies.

If you do not have your own vehicle, you can look for work from an established private hire operator and use their vehicles.

Licence duration

Driver licences can now last for 1 year or 3 years. This all depends on eligibility.

Operator licences can now last for 1 or 5 years

Vehicle licences still last for 1 year and need to be renewed annually.

Conditions and policies


Driver conditions

Vehicle conditions

Vehicle age policy

Policy and conditions for advertisements on licensed vehicles

Taxi and private hire driver assessment and convictions policy

Safeguarding children and vulnerable people

This document gives advice on Human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, what you can do to help those at risk and who to contact if you think you may be carrying someone who is vulnerable and / or the victim of exploitation.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable people

Transport contract opportunities with Kirklees Council

Kirklees Transport Team organise home to school transport for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and transport requirement for a number of other Council services. We tender long term transport routes, and also have short term and emergency requirements. Taxi and minibus operators/drivers are contracted to deliver this service, and we welcome new applications throughout the year.

If you are interested in applying to become an Approved Operator or Approved Driver, please contact the Transport Team for further information:

Contact Licensing

  • Kirklees Licensing Service
  • Address Flint Street Depot, Flint Street, Fartown, Huddersfield, HD1 6LG
  • Phone 01484 456868
  • Email