Check if you need a licence
You will need the correct licence if you drive, own or operate::
- a Hackney carriage (taxi)
- a private hire vehicle (minicab)
You must get the correct licences before you start driving or operating a Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.
It is an offence for anyone to drive or operate a Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle without the correct licences.
You must get all of your licences from the same authority. For example, to drive a vehicle in Braintree district, you must have a Driver's licence, a vehicle licence and an operator's licence all issued by us.
You need a Driver's licence to drive a Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle. There are three different Driver's licences:
- Hackney carriage Driver's licence
- Private hire Driver's licence
- Dual Driver's licence for both Hackney carriage and private hire
You need a Vehicle licence which means you can operate your vehicle for hire and reward. Every vehicle that you use as either a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle must have its own vehicle licence.
You need an Operator's licence to accept bookings for private hire vehicle, whether you own it or not.