Manchester City Council

Taxis & private hire Become a licensed hackney carriage or private hire driver in Manchester

There are various stages within the application process to become a new hackney carriage or private hire driver in Manchester, this area breaks down the process into stages.

You are reminded that it is an offence to work as a hackney carriage or hackney carriage driver unless you are in possession of a valid licence. 

How long does an application take?  

It is difficult to state how long an application will take as there are many factors:   

  • DBS – can take up to 12 weeks to process, a DBS certificate is sent to the applicant.  The applicant should sign immediately  into the DBS annual checking service and then sending the original certificate into the licensing unit.  
  • Convictions Disclosure – Where an applicant has a relevant conviction(s) the matter will be referred to a Sub-Committee or Senior Officer Licensing Panel for approval.  
  • Skills assessment, coaching session and knowledge test - applicants may take more than three attempts before passing the driver knowledge test.

Weekly updates are published online which tells you what dates we are currently processing applications for.  

Before applying please review the different training & safeguarding which is a requirement to become a hackney carriage or private hire driver in Manchester.

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