Taxi driver licence

Maximum Hackney fares and charges (from 1 July 2022)

Tariff 1: between 6am and midnight

  • Start fare (for the first mile): £3.50
    • Thereafter 25p per 1/10th mile or part thereof
  • Waiting time: 30p each minute

Tariff 2: between midnight and 6am

  • Start fare (for the first mile): £5.25
    • Thereafter 37.5p per 1/10th mile or part thereof
  • Waiting time: 40p each minute

Public and Bank Holidays, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day to be charged at tariff 2 all day.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to be charged at tariff 2 from 6pm.

Luggage (excluding shopping, wheelchairs and pushchairs) outside the passenger compartment: 20p each item.

Carriage of each domestic pet, excluding guide dogs: 20p each pet.

Soiling charge: £100.00.

Surcharge per passenger for journeys more than 4 passengers: 20p each passenger over 4 passengers.

Customers are advised to check the fare charged against the meter.

To become a taxi driver you must:

  • have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months
  • have a good knowledge of the whole of Denbighshire 
  • have a satisfactory motoring record 
  • have no convictions that would deem you unsuitable to transport members of the public

You can get more details from the following documents:

How do I apply?

To apply for a taxi driver’s licence you must complete an application form. The form should be accompanied by:

  • Your DVLA driving licence 
  • A copy of the DVLA record - which can be obtained from (external website) - showing the record for 4 years
  • A medical assessment form completed by your doctor 
  • Original documentation proving your identity and address 
  • The application fee 
  • One passport sized photograph 
  • DVLA mandate
  • Identification documents supporting your right to work in UK
  • DBS certificate or Certificate of Good Conduct issued by the relevant non UK country


These forms are only for existing Denbighshire Licenced Taxi Drivers to tell us about any convictions during the period of their licence:

We recommend that you make an appointment to visit the licensing office so that we can go through the documentation with you. Contact us on 01824 706342 to arrange an appointment.

Alternatively, you can post your paperwork to us at:

Licensing Team
Denbighshire County Council
Smithfield Road
LL16 3RJ

Please note that if the UK is not your country of origin, there may be some additional requirements. Please contact us to discuss these before you apply.

Medical assessment

You should arrange an appointment with your GP, who will complete the medical assessment form. You must bring the completed form with you when you visit us, or include it with your posted application.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

As part of your taxi licence application with Denbighshire County Council, applicants must complete a criminal records Disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) through First Advantage Online Disclosures, who will administer your application on our behalf.  We are no longer able to use the traditional paper forms, as in previous years.

Apply online for a DBS check on the First Advantage website (external website)

The First Advantage website is the  only website you are able to apply for a DBS check for a Denbighshire Licensed Taxi Driver Badge. We cannot accept any other form of DBS and Denbighshire will not be held responsible for applications made or monies spent on any other site.

If you have any queries regarding the DBS application process on the First Advantage website, please contact them directly on 0845 251 5000 or email:

Once you have started off your application on First Advantage you should be notified to contact Licensing to verify the 3 ID documents.

Please contact us for more information on the process.

All DBS certificates will require updating on a 3 year basis

Find out more about DBS checks (external website).

DVLA mandate

You will need to give permission for us to contact the DVLA for information about your driving record. We will ask you to confirm  your email address during you appointment at our offices in Caledfryn Denbigh. We will then send you a link to give us permission to check your Driving record with the DVLA.

Knowledge test

All drivers, whether hackney carriage or private hire, will have to pass a knowledge test. The test consists of questions covering:

  • local geography, including routes
  • hackney carriage and private hire conditions
  • hackney carriage ranks and tariffs
  • numeracy
  • customer care skills
  • the highway code
  • routine vehicle maintenance
  • safeguarding awareness

You can take the test as many times as you need to until you pass. The first attempt is free of charge but there is a fee for subsequent attempts. If you fail the test, you must wait a week before attempting it again.

You must make an appointment to take the test. You can contact us online or call us on 01824 706342 to arrange this.

Granting your licence

When we have received all the necessary paperwork we will contact you with our decision as to whether your licence has been granted or refused.

How long is the licence valid for?

Licences will be valid for up to 3 years and will be renewable alongside the DBS cycle.

How much does it cost?

£270 for a 3 year licence;

£250 for a NEW 1 year licence (renewal fees for this type of licence vary - please contact us for information)

These fees do not include cost of a DBS check which is payable separately.

How can I pay?

Payment can be made by card over the phone to customer services (01824 706000). Payment by cheque or cash is only available at one of Denbighshire’s One Stop Shops. Please contact us for the appropriate reference number before attempting to pay. Failing to provide the appropriate reference number may delay your application.

Changing your details

If you have a licence, you must let us know about any changes to your circumstances. 

There is no charge to change your details.