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
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.