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.
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.
The time and costs required to obtain a licence vary by council, as shown by the estimates set out above. Please note that the estimated times listed above, whilst generally accurate in our experience, are indicative only and are subject to change depending on current levels of demand. The information provided on this web page is intended for informational purposes only and may not be applicable in your country, region, or city. It is subject to change and may be updated without notice.