Becoming a Taxi Driver
Professional taxi and private hire vehicle drivers are responsible for the safety of fare paying passengers and are licenced by Road Transport Licensing Division (RTLD). You will need a full driving licence and you must be able to work legally in Northern Ireland
How to apply
Applications for a taxi driver licence usually take from eight to ten weeks to process. Renewal applications take approximately six weeks. If this is the first time you have applied for a licence to drive a taxi you must enclose an original of one of the following documents:
- birth certificate
- medical card
Applicants must be 18 years or over to drive a taxi and have held a full licence to drive a car for at least 12 months.
You need to declare all convictions including those that are spent as taxi licensing is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NI) Order 1978. A Solicitor or Citizens Advice Bureau can explain if this Order affects you personally.
Department of Environment (DOE) is under a legal duty to ensure that all taxi drivers are fit and proper people to hold licences, and to ensure the safety of the travelling public. DOE will undertake a search to determine if an applicant has any conviction(s) which may prevent the issue of a taxi driver’s licence. Applicants should be aware that having a criminal record may not necessarily bar an individual from holding a taxi driver’s licence.
To enable DOE to make decisions on the fit and proper persons requirements, applications for this licences must be accompanied by an Access NI form. To download this form please click on the following link:-
You must declare and give details of any condition likely to affect your fitness as a driver. If a declaration is made you may be asked to contact your doctor for a medical recommendation. First-time applicants and those aged 45 years or over, who satisfy the conduct requirements, will be asked to send a full medical report (this will be sent to you by RTLD).
You must tell RTLD if you become aware that you have a medical condition or physical disability not previously disclosed or which has been disclosed but has become more severe that it may impact on your ability to drive.
Taxi Driver’s photographs
Two recent identical passport sized facial photographs will be required from each successful applicant for a Taxi Driver’s licence and for each renewal/duplicate.
All applications/enquiries in relation to taxi driver licensing should be forwarded to
Driver & Vehicle Agency
Road Transport Licensing Division
Taxi Licensing Section
148 – 158 Corporation Street
Telephone: 028 9025 4100
Fax: 028 9025 4186
National Fraud Initiative - Existing Taxi Licence Holders
The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) is required by law to protect the public funds for which it is responsible. In order to prevent and detect fraud it may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds.
Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will be providing information from its taxi drivers’ database to assist in data matching exercises as part of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI). You do not need to take any action, in fact, you are highly unlikely to hear anything more about it. Further details can be found on the Northern Ireland Audit Office website:
If you would prefer to speak to someone from the Agency you may wish to contact Martin Smyth on
or telephone: 028 9025 4114.