Hackney carriage or private hire driver licence


For the safety and protection of the public, you must hold a valid licence issued by us if you wish to drive a taxi.

You can apply for a licence to drive a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle:

  • hackney carriage vehicles can ply for hire on the streets and can use the taxi ranks around Thurrock
  • private hire vehicles can be booked for hire by the public through a licensed private hire operator – private hire vehicles cannot ply for hire and cannot use taxi ranks

Licences are valid for 12 months.


To qualify as a driver you must:

  • be aged 21 or over
  • have held a UK or EU driving licence for at least 3 years
  • have no relevant convictions or have been determined by the licensing and appeals committee to be a fit and proper person
  • be medically fit
  • pass a knowledge test of roads and landmarks in Thurrock
  • pass a PATS training course

Licences issued

You can check whether a hackney carriage or private hire driver is licensed with us.

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Policy and conditions

You can download our policies and conditions relating to the hackney carriage and private hire driver's licence, below.