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Get a private hire licence

Greater Brighton

Learn how to get your private hire licence with ease through our free Ignition Programme.

To drive with Uber, you'll need to have a private hire licence

Steps to get a private hire licence

Step 1 - Complete English Language Course

Before applying, you must hold either a GCSE English Examination Certificate or ESOL English: Entry Level 2 Certificate.

If you do not hold either of these, attend your local college for advice on how to obtain one.

Step 2 - Complete Driving Test

You can complete your driving test with one of the following providers:

  • Sussex Blue Lamp Trust - Visit bluelamptrust.org.uk to book.
  • Sussex Taxi Training - Call 07710379634 to book.

Step 3 - Complete Medical

Make an appointment with your GP to complete your medical. Remember to take along the appropriate form.

Step 4 - Submit Application

In order to submit your application with the council, you can book an appointment by calling 01273 294429.

Address: Hackney Carriage Office, Hove Town Hall, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Following the appointment, your completed DBS form will be sent off to the DBS by the Taxi Licensing Office.

Step 5 - Complete BTEC

Next you will need to find a provider that can register you for a BTEC Level 2 in "Introduction to the role of the Professional Taxi & Private Hire Driver". Brighton & Hove Council do not give a pre-approved list of suppliers for this course. As a guide, Eastleigh College (65 miles away) runs courses starting at £380.

Step 6 - Complete DBS

You can make an appointment to submit your Enhanced DBS certificate to the council by calling 01273 294429.

Also bring with you proof of your BTEC Level 2, and the council will then provide you an opportunity to book your Knowledge Tests.

Step 7 - Complete Knowledge Test

The theoretical tests are verbal tests and are split into Brighton and Hove.

Once you have successfully passed both of these, you will be able to book a time to sit the practical test, known as the Route Test. The Route Test is a practical test where you must drive the examiner to 15 randomly selected destinations using the shortest possible routes.

The Private Hire Academy offer a training course (up to 8 weeks classroom access and up to 12 weeks online content access) to help you get prepared for the test.

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