First time applicants
To apply for a taxi driver’s licence for the first time you must:
- have held a full Category B (car) driving licence continuously for at least three years immediately before you apply
- have passed a taxi driver theory test and a taxi driver practical test
- meet the necessary good repute requirements
- meet the necessary medical requirements
- have the right to work in Northern Ireland
A taxi driver’s licence will only be issued if you meet all the requirements.
Car driving licence
Before you apply for a taxi driver’s licence you must have held a full Category B (car) driving licence for at least 3 years. If you do not hold a Northern Ireland driving licence you must send in both parts of your EEA Community Licence with your application.
Taxi driver theory test and practical test
You will have to pass both the taxi driver theory and practical tests before you can apply for your licence. Read more about the tests in section five of 'Your guide to becoming a taxi driver and information' manual or from the links below:
- Your guide to becoming a taxi driver and information manual - DFI website
- Taxi driver theory test
- Taxi driver practical test
Criminal record check
Before you send in your application you will have to apply online for an enhanced disclosure certificate (EDC). This is required to check if you have any conviction which may stop you getting a taxi driver’s licence. Any information received will be treated confidentially, in line with DVA policies and in line with Data Protection principles and in compliance with AccessNI’s Code of Practice.
You can get further information on this process and how to apply online from the link below:
When the check is complete, AccessNI will send the enhanced disclosure certificate (EDC) directly to you. If your EDC contains any criminal record information you must send it to Taxi Licensing. Your EDC will only be returned to you if you enclose a pre-paid self addressed envelope; otherwise the Department will assume that you have agreed to the EDC being destroyed on your behalf.
For information go to AccessNI
The law requires that all taxi drivers are ‘fit and proper’ people to hold licences. Having a criminal record won't necessarily stop you from holding a taxi driver’s licence, however, if you have been convicted of a serious offence you may not be eligible to hold a licence until at least three years have passed since the date of conviction or, in cases where there is a custodial sentence, release from prison.
Each conviction is considered on its own merit taking account of the penalty imposed and any mitigating factors. Some examples of serious convictions relate to offences for drugs, firearms or explosives, burglary, fraud, sexual offences or any offence involving violence such as wounding or assault, common assault, threats to kill or harassment.
When you are applying you must give details of any health condition likely to affect your fitness as a driver of a taxi. All first time applicants are required to have a TLM1 medical form completed by their GP. We will send a TLM1 medical form out to you when we receive your application. You will need to arrange for your doctor to complete the form. Depending on the information it contains further medical checks may be required which can delay a decision on your licence.
Medical standards for taxi drivers are higher than those required for car drivers. Taxi drivers are required to meet the same medical standards as those applied to buses and lorries (Group 2). Further information on the conditions and disabilities which are investigated for Group 2 licence holders is available from the link below:
Your GP will be able to advise you on the medical standards required. More detailed information on the above conditions and driving can be found on the gov.uk website:
Right to work
All applicants for a taxi driver licence must have a right to work within the UK and be available to attend an interview at Passenger Transport Licensing Division (PTLD).
Taxi driver photograph
You will need a recent passport sized facial photograph with your name and address on the back.
How much will it cost?
The fee for a first time application for a taxi driver’s licence is £140. Cheques should be made payable to DVA. Please do not send cash, bank notes or blank postal orders with your application.
You can apply for your taxi driver’s licence by completing the PV15 (NI) application form which is downloadable from the link below. Please read the guidance notes before you complete the form.
You will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity and proof of residency, a passport style colour photograph and the fee.
Send your completed application and the payment to:Taxi Licensing Section
Driver & Vehicle Agency (PTLD)
Telephone: 028 9025 4100
Apply for a duplicate licence
If you require a duplicate licence, please complete the PV16 (NI) form instead:
Taxi operator licence
If you are a sole trader operating on your own, you will also need a taxi operator licence.
Fair Processing Notice
The DVA is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. Further information is available from the link below: