If you would like to renew your taxi driver's licence, it is crucial that you read this article. This article will go through the step-by-step application process and includes information of what you need to do before sending your application to us.
To renew your licence, you will need to:
Please note: When renewing your taxi driver's license you may be required to retake your Driver Assessment at your own expense. We will contact you if this is the case.
The test will be in line with what was the DVSA HC/PH test.
The following companies provide the training:
Colchester is seeking to promote and enhance its reputation as a safe and vibrant, welcoming and prosperous borough and it recognises the importance of the licensed trade in helping to achieve this. Licensed drivers are both front line ambassadors in promoting Colchester to residents and visitors alike and a vital and integral part of Colchester’s integrated transport strategy.
We recognise that drivers and operators need a licensing service which is dynamic and responsive, capable of adapting to changes in the economy in which they operate and with this in mind we have made a number of significant changes to the policy.
The policy sets out the relevant information on how applications will be determined and how drivers and operators are expected to operate to pursue and promote the following licensing objectives:
We hope that this revised Licensing Policy is clear and easily understood and reflects the needs of both the trade and the travelling public.
We commend it to you and sincerely believe that it will make a positive difference to all parties.
The Council issues a dual 3 year hackney carriage/private hire driver’s licence; on occasions a probationary licence may be issued for a year. Any requirement of legislation, which affects the operations being carried out under the terms of this licence, shall be regarded as if they are conditions of this licence.
Where there appears in the licence conditions a summary of any statutory provision you are advised that such summary is not exhaustive. These conditions should be read in conjunction with the Council’s Policy documents and in particular regard should be given to the Penalty Points Scheme and Convictions Policy.
Read the full policy here
It is strongly recommended that you read the Policy as when applying to be a driver you sign to abide by the Law, Policy and Conditions of the licence.
Please take the time to carefully read through the following documents:
As drivers you will be required to provide the Local Authority with a group 2 medical to determine whether you meet the criteria set out in the ‘Medical Aspects of Fitness to Drive’ Group 2 standard and been found to be medically fit to hold a licence.
This should be carried out by your doctor or you can use Cotswold Medicals. The cost through Cotswold Medicals is £61.00 including VAT.
You must download the following document and have it completed:
Group 2 Medical and Fitness to Drive form
Going forward both new and renewal driver application will need to apply to Personnel Checks both for your DBS and DVLA checks.
Personnel Checks (who carry out the checks) will notify us (Colchester Borough Council) regarding the DVLA checks and will email a simple 'Yes' / 'No' in relation to your DBS (Criminal Record) check.
If 'Yes' then your application can progress; If 'No' then the Licensing Team will request to see the DBS document sent to you. This may or may not affect you application.
Apply for your Enhanced DBS Check & DVLA Check
You will be required to provide documentation evidence that you have completed the correct forms. Once all paperwork has been obtained you will be able to book an appointment with us to complete your application and obtain your Driver's Licence Badge and conditions.
If you have not already provided the following documents to us you must include them with your application:
Download the Taxi Driver's Licence Application Form
Please book an appointment with a member of the licensing team by calling our Customer Service Centre on 01206 282520.
Please bring the following to your appointment:
View our Licensing fees & charges
Please note: we do not accept cheques or cash.
Your photo will be taken for you taxi driver’s licence and your badge will be issued.