Kirklees Council run a Practical Test and Theory Training for drivers applying to become licensed taxi drivers. Tests and training are carried out by the Driver Training Unit, not the Licensing team.

Drivers must complete both the Practical Test and Theory Training before contacting the Licensing Team.

1. Complete an 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's Adult Learning
  • Address Unit 4, Heath Campus, Free School Lane, Halifax, HX1 2PS
  • Phone 01422 392820

2. Complete a Practical Test

Book your Practical Test online

Paperclip You will need your driving licence number to log in, if you are rebooking your course you will also need your booking reference.

Book online

How the Practical Test operates and who can attend

  • The test lasts no more than 1 hour in total
  • Includes a drive of around 40 mins
  • The test costs £85

There are 5 parts to the driving test:

  • ID/Licence Check
  • Highway Code questions
  • Medical fitness and an eyesight check
  • Vehicle check to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy
  • General driving ability and a manoeuvre

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You must bring:

  • Your driving licence
  • a face covering, unless you have a good reason not to wear one
  • a car to take the test in
  • proof that you are insured for the car you are taking the test in and that it is insured for the purposes of the test
  • proof that there is no recall action relating to your car
  • A code from: GOV UK: View of share your driving licence information to allow the examiner to check your licence
  • If you are using a licensed taxi vehicle to take the test, you will need to bring proof that you are the licensed taxi driver for that vehicle (your taxi badge).
  • A pen to sign for your test

Your test will be cancelled, with no refund if you arrive without the correct documentation.

  • You can rebook your test online. You will need your driving licence number and booking reference to log on
  • If you cancel within 5 days of the test date you will be charged a short notice rebooking fee
  • If you cancel more than 5 days in advance you don't pay anything extra

3. Complete Theory Training and Local Geographical Knowledge Test

Book your Theory Training and Test online

Please note: You will not be able to book onto the Theory Training if you have not successfully completed your English Test. Please contact Calderdale Adult Learning to take the test.

Paperclip You will need your driving licence number to log in, if you are rebooking your course you will also need your booking reference.

Book online

How the Theory Training and Test operates and who can attend

  • Training is made up of 4 modules and lasts around 7 hours:
    • Regulatory Framework
    • Professional Standard
    • Safeguarding
    • Equality and Disability
  • Training costs £120
  • You will have to complete 2 tests at the end of the training, one of the modules listed above and one for Local Geographical Knowledge. You will have to score 80% or more in both tests to pass
  • If you fail the test you will have to rebook and resit all the training again

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Training runs from the DRAM Centre.

You need to bring with you

  • Your driving licence
  • A face covering
  • You can rebook your test online. You will need your driving licence number and booking reference to log on
  • If you cancel within 5 days of the test date you will be charged a short notice rebooking fee
  • If you cancel more than 5 days in advance you don't pay anything extra

Contact Licensing

Contact Driver Training

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