Failure to follow the correct procedure for applying for a licence will result in your application being rejected.

Before you are eligible to submit your application you must complete and pass Kirklees Council's training requirements.

Stage 1 - English test

You must complete and pass an English Test at ESOL entry 3 in speaking listening and reading unless you have an English qualification to the same level or above completed in the UK. If you have an existing qualification, please send your qualification certificate via email to the driver training until at drivertraining@kirklees.gov.uk for verification. If you do not hold an English qualification at this level or above, please contact:

  • Calderdale Council Adult Learning
  • Address Unit 4, Heath Campus, Free School Lane, Halifax, HX1 2PS

Book an appointment for an English test

Contact Calderdale Council Adult Learning.

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  • You will be transferred to an automated service to complete the payment.
  • Please do not hang up the telephone when you are transferred.
01422 392820

After you have completed your English test

You can move to Stages 2 and 3.

Stages 2 and 3 training and tests

Training dates commence on 29th September 2021.

Stage 2 - Geographical knowledge test

You must complete and pass a geographical knowledge test.

Stage 3 - Theory training course and test

You must complete the training and pass these tests in four areas:

  • Regulatory framework (legislation) of the private hire and Hackney carriage industry
  • Professional standards
  • Safeguarding
  • Equalities and disability

Book appointments for stage 2 and 3 training

Read about our taxi testing and book online.

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Taxi testing

Practical advanced driver training test

You must pass a practical advanced driver training test. This can be completed at any stage but, must be completed and passed prior to submission of your application.

Training dates commence on 16 September 2021.

We will accept a driven test that has been completed by any driven test provider approved by any other West Yorkshire Authority providing the pass certificate is dated within the twelve-month period prior to the submission of an application.

Book an appointment for a practical advanced driver training test

Read about our taxi testing and book online.

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Taxi testing

Other requirements before you submit your application

From 4 April 2022, the Tax Requirements rules are changing if you're applying for a licence.

If you are applying for a licence for the first time, you will not need to complete the tax check. However, you will be asked to read HMRC guidance on what you need to do to be properly registered for tax in the future and you will need to confirm when you submit your application that you have done this.

For further guidance visit tax responsibilities.

  • You must have held a full DVLA driving licence for a minimum of 2 years.
  • You must provide proof that you have the right to work in the UK.
  • You must have fully read the Statement of Fitness and Suitability. This is particularly relevant. If you have any criminal convictions or cautions this could result in your application being refused.
  • You must pass a medical with your registered doctor to Group 2 Standard (for people with a driving job). Your medical must have been completed by your GP less than 6 months prior to the submission of your application. The fee will be payable directly to your GP and may vary at each GP practice.
  • You must undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and sign up to the DBS Update Service. Payment of £56 will be taken at the time of your application submission. You also pay:
    • an additional £12.50 fee. This is paid to the post office to verify your documents once you have completed the online application form.
    • £13 up front and annually directly to the DBS to sign up for the online update service.
    Failure to sign up to the update service or pay the annual fee will result in the suspension of your licence.
  • You must provide a DVLA check code.
  • You must provide a valid email address.

Submit your application for a taxi driver licence

Fill in and sign the application form. This is for a 3-year licence which costs £249.20

Clock Completing this form takes around 15 minutes

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Download the taxi driver licence application form

After you have applied

If you submit your application without all required documents it will be returned to you as incomplete.

Contact Licensing

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