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 – from April 2018 we will be using an on-line DBS application process, which is likely to reduce the return time for results to around 10 working days. This can take longer is some circumstances. Applicants must sign in and remain signed into the DBS checking service to allow the licensing unit to carry out  periodic ‘status’ checks on DBS certificates.
  • 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 and knowledge test - applicants may take more than three attempts before passing the driver knowledge test. Applicants are advised to ensure they are ready for their knowledge test before take the 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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