Applying for a Taxi licence is a multi-stage process:


Here’s what you need to do:

beat the black box1) You will need to have held a driving licence for more than a year. If you have a European community licence you will need to convert it to a UK licence.

2) Find your Local Council policy for obtaining a taxi licence as they differ from region to region.

3) Most Local Councils will then require you to book and attend an induction course that will cover all aspects of the application process as well as providing the information and application forms for the compulsory checks and tests.


We usually always recommend 2 hour sessions if you want to get a lot covered. If you would like some advice before enquiring then feel free to ask us a question and one of our experienced trainers will be in touch within 24 hours.

Once you have this, you will the need to obtain:

1) A Certificate of Good Conduct, if you have spent more than 6 months outside of the UK. CLICK HERE

2) A DVLA Group 2 Medical Certificate which must be dated within one month of the application.

3) A DVLA shared driving licence code, obtained from the DVLA webpage and valid for 21 days.

Once these steps have been completed and your application submitted you will then need to pass the following:

1) DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) check, formerly known as a CRB check.

2) Knowledge and maths test (Knowledge of your local area and its resources)

3) A DVSA taxi test, which can be booked on the DVSA website (regional)

With all of these steps successfully completed the Local Council you are applying for will consider your application.

What Pure Driving can help with:

When you have all the documents and theory test passed Pure Driving can help you to pass the all important practical test.  After an initial assessment we can offer advise on how many hours of training will be required to get you to the standard required.  All of Pure Driving’s instructors have good knowledge of what is required to pass the test and what a DVSA examiner will be likely to ask you to perform during the test itself.