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Get a private hire licence

Sheffield City
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 VRQ course

Also known as the BTEC, this qualification contains nine modules which assess the skills needed to be a professional private hire driver.

Step 2 - Complete Enhanced DBS

Formerly known as a CRB check, you will need your driving licence, passport (or biometric residence permit), and a proof of address (e.g. utility bill or bank statement) to complete.

Call the council on 0114 273 4264.

Step 3 - Book your council tests

The council also require that candidates pass a knowledge test and driving test.

Step 4 - Complete Medical Check

You need to complete a Group 2 Medical Check to demonstrate you are fit to drive. This can be carried out by a GP at one of the council’s approved surgeries in Sheffield; a list of these can be found on their website or you can request a print out from our office. Prices vary by practice.

Step 5 - Pass the Knowledge Test

This test will check your understanding of Sheffield’s roads, districts, and places of interest. The tests are taken on council premises and last for approximately two hours.

We can provide a revision guide with a summary of the test’s three sections; just ask a member of staff!

Step 6 - Pass the Driving Test

This test checks your driving ability, and is also carried out by the council themselves. Although it is not a DVSA test, it is very similar to the standard driving test completed by those getting their driving licence for the first time. The driving test can be done before or after the knowledge test.

Step 7 - Submit Application

Once you have completed all of the above steps in any order you are ready to make your application to Sheffield council. Visit their Staniforth Road office with a completed application form and all of the necessary documentation to finish the process.

Council address: Block C, Staniforth Road Depot, S9 3H

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