Apply For a Taxi Driver's Licence

You need to have a high standard of driving ability and local knowledge to be a taxi driver in Bournemouth

Taxi and private hire licence applications cost £120. This fee covers:

  • Application fee
  • Driving licence check
  • Knowledge Test

Can I qualify?

Before applying for a Bournemouth taxi licence, you’ll need:

  • A BTEC or NVQ in Transporting Passengers by Taxi and Private Hire
  • A valid driving licence
  • Proof that you can work in the UK
  • Have a current, enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate.
  • Driver Mandate Consent Form

What is the Knowledge Test?

We expect local taxi drivers to have an excellent knowledge of the area. Once you’ve applied, you’ll need to sit a Knowledge Test that examines how well you know our roads.

View sample of knowledge required for the knowledge test.

The pass mark is 70% for private hire and 85% for hackney carriages.

On successful competition of the knowledge test you will be required to produce the following:


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