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Get a private hire licence

The South West

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 Basic Skills Test

This is a written test on your knowledge of South Gloucestershire taxi policy, Highway Code, equalities, basic mathematics.

Book by emailing ( the council for an appointment stating that you wish to have an appointment for the Private Hire Basic Skills Test. Also include your name, address and contact number. The Council will call back with an appointment date within 5 working days.

Step 2 - Complete Driving Test

You need to book a Standard Taxi Test for South Gloucestershire and attend your test on the date and time booked. Providers are:

Step 3 - Complete Medical

This can be done by any GP. Just remember to take along the appropriate form and a summary of your medical records if you are not going to your registered GP. Remember to take along the appropriate form.

Step 4 - Submit Application and Enhanced DBS

The next step is to contact South Gloucestershire Council on 01454 868001 to book an appointment to submit your licence and Enhanced DBS applications.

  • Bring the following documents with you:
  • 2x Passport photo
  • Proof of address (bank statement/utility bill)
  • Passport
  • Proof of ID (Driving licence)
  • National Insurance Number
  • Enhanced DBS certificate
  • Completed medical forms
  • Driving Test certificate

Council address: Engine Common Ln, Yate, Bristol BS37 7PX

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