Bournemouth Zone - New and existing drivers Licence

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have suspended new driver applications and medicals, current licences will be extended by 6 months. 

See further information about changes to services.

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

Under the new BCP Council, Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing is divided into  three zones in line with the three previous council areas.

  • Bournemouth Zone
  • Christchurch  Zone
  • Poole Zone

Therefore, if you wish to drive a Bournemouth licensed vehicle you will need to apply for a Bournemouth Zone Driver licence.  All applicants must demonstrate that they are ‘fit and proper’ and meet the high standards required of someone who is responsible for transporting vulnerable members of the community.

Do I qualify?

To be able to apply for a licence you must meet all the following requirements: -

  • Have reached the age of 21 years.
  • Be conversant in the English Language.
  • Proof of right to live and work in the UK.
  • Have either a BTEC or NVQ in Transporting Passengers by Taxi and Private Hire.
  • Have a valid driving licence (UK Group B entitlement for more than 12 months or the same EEA entitlement, registered with the DVLA.)

Application Process

If you are confident you meet all the above requirements and before you register your application you will need to make and application to the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

All the necessary information on how to do this and register your application can be found in the following document link.


The driver licence application cost is £120.00.  This fee covers:

  • Initial application fee
  • Driving Licence check
  • First Knowledge Test

It does not include the following:

  • DBS Check
  • Knowledge Test re-resit
  • Driving Assessment
  • Medical Examination


Data Matching

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