Becoming a Taxi Driver

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Taxi Driver Licensing Criteria

Before applying for a Taxi Driver’s Licence you should check the criteria:


To be issued with a licence to drive a taxi you MUST:


  • Be at least 21 years of age;

  • Have held a full Category B (car) driving licence continuously for at least three years immediately before you apply

  • Meet the higher medical requirements; if you have medical issues or inquiries ask NWTP to clarify your position with your medical issue.

  • Be a fit and proper person to hold a taxi driver licence. In this context, an ENHANCED disclosure from ACCESS NI will be required. Have you any convictions?

If you wish to discuss the criteria or get more information about the criteria then contact us and we will discuss your specific issues.

Stage 2


  • Fill out PV 15 – Taxi Driver’s application form

  • Fill out Enhanced Access NI form online - NWTP will do this for you if you wish - you need your Driving Licence, National Insurance and Passport Numbers before we begin.

  • Provide 3 ID’s – (check ID information below)

  • Provide a photo (passport size)

  • A fee of £140.00

  • We advise Post using Registered Mail

A medical form will be sent out (TLM1) - arrange an appointment and get your local GP to fill it out. Send the medical form to DVA. When your Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (EDC) comes out from Access NI post it straight to DVA to complete the process. 


Applications should be sent to:

Taxi Licensing Section
Driver & Vehicle Agency (PTLD)
County Hall
Castlerock Road
BT51 3HS

NWTP will assist applicants with the process. Phone 028 71362556 and ask for details.

Stage 1


You need to apply for and pass:

  • Taxi Driver Theory Test - Followed by;

  • Taxi Driver Practical Test

  • If at the end of the process you are not issued with a Taxi Driver’s licence you won't be able to get a refund for any taxi driver theory or taxi driver practical tests that you have taken.



How Much Will It Cost


Taxi driver theory test fee - £34.00

Taxi driver practical test fee- £60.00

Taxi driver practical test (evening and weekend fee) - £90.00

Taxi driver licence application fee - £140.00

Also, remember most doctors charge £60.00 - £80.00 for the medical.

For more information call 02871362556

ID’s for a Taxi Licence


ID’s for a taxi driver’s application or a taxi driver’s renewal application.

All applicants are required to send in original documents to confirm their identity, right to work in the UK and proof of address.

If you are the holder of a current UK, Irish, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) passport this document along with 2 original documents to confirm your current address dated within the last 3 months should be produced.

Examples of original documents: - bank statement, benefit statement, utility bill or payslip. Mobile phone bills should not be used as a utility bill, but landline bills are good. Electricity bills, oil bills or other bills on headed paper to you at your current address will count as an original document. Your accountant’s bill will cover it. But remember they cannot be more than 3 months old.

If you do not have a passport then you will need to send in your ordinary driving licence along with your birth certificate and proof of your National Insurance Number (P60, P45, submitted accounts, a National Insurance Card or another document with your NI number on it) and the 2 original documents to prove your address.

Remember you also need your Access NI completed online. If you need assistance with your Access NI then contact our Community Support Initiative (CSI) and we will help you.

Community Support Initiative