Private hire driver & vehicle

Private hire driver application requirements

A private hire driver's licence allows the holder of that licence to legally carry fare paying passengers (hire and reward) where a prior booking has been made for the journey. The vehicle must be licensed as a private hire vehicle and the bookings must be made by a licensed private hire operator. All three licences (driver, vehicle & operator) must be issued by the same licensing authority. 

Application requirements:

  • a full UK/NI/EU driving licence must have been held for a minimum of 2 years
  • applicants should have no more than 6 current penalty points (endorsements) on their DVLA driving licence
  • applicants who have been resident in the UK for less than five years will be required to obtain a certificate of good conduct from the appropriate Embassy or High Commission (a certified English translation of this document is required)
  • applicants must be 21 years old or over.

Any applicant with a conviction, caution, motoring offence or fixed penalty notice must declare so at the time of application. The application will then be referred to the licensing manager for a decision to be made in accordance with Slough Borough Council's enforcement policy.

If you would like to apply to be a private hire driver then please contact our licensing team to make an appointment or email if you have any further queries.

Step 1: Submitting an application

The following forms should be completed and returned (in person) to the licensing office along with all requested documentation:

  • application form for a private hire driver's licence
  • application form for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record disclosure.

You can get the DBS form from the licensing team and the DBS privacy policy can be viewed at on the DBS website Privacy Policy section at

A new applicant or current licence holder need not necessarily have been convicted or cautioned in respect of a criminal offence for his/her behaviour to be taken into account in deciding whether the 'fit and proper' test has been satisfied.

Furthermore, the fact that an applicant or current licence holder does have a criminal conviction does not necessarily mean that he/she is not a 'fit and proper person' to hold a Licence.

In all case the overriding consideration will be the protection and wellbeing of the public.

Each case will be decided on it's own merits.

Please note that a DBS disclosure certificate is valid for 28 days from the date of issue. Slough Borough Council does not receive a copy of the DBS certificate and it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the original certificate has been produced to the licensing office within the 28 days. If the DBS disclosure certificate is not produced within 28 days, the private hire driver's licence will not be issued and a new certificate will be required.

Applicants must provide the DVLA 'check code' in order for the status of their DVLA driver's licence to be verified.
Required documentation:

  • valid passport/proof of right to work
  • driving licence
  • proof of national insurance number (e.g. P45 or P60)
  • proof of address (e.g. utility bill/bank statement issued within last three months).

Step 2: Knowledge test

This is a test to assess the applicant's knowledge of:

  • the Highway Code
  • relevant legislation
  • ability to work out fares and local routes.

The test date will be booked at the applicant's initial submission appointment.

Step 3: Practical driving assessment

Please contact the licensing team for details of driver training providers.

Step 4: Safeguarding training

Safeguarding training will be booked at an applicant's submission appointment.

Step 5 English test

Applicants may be required to undertake a verbal English language test. Please contact the licensing team for further information. 

Step 6: Certificate of fitness

A medical examination report form will be provided by the licensing office. This form must be taken to the applicant's own GP who will conduct a medical examination. Once the form has been completed it should be returned to the licensing office. The medical form is valid for six months from the date it was signed by the GP.

Step 7: Passenger Assistance Training (PATS)

PATS training is a practical course that ensures all licensed drivers are fully aware of and able to cater for the needs of passengers with various disabilities. The PATS modules required are modules A, B1, B2, C1 and C2 only.  Information regarding PATS training providers will be given once an application has been submitted.  

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