Apply for or renew a taxi driver's licence

You need a taxi driver's licence to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle in Sheffield.

You will need an account with our taxi licence portal BigChange to apply for a new licence or renew your existing licence.

What you need to apply for a taxi driver's licence

To apply for a private hire or hackney carriage driver licence you must:

  • be able to work legally in the UK 
  • have held a full driving licence for at least 1 year

We use the fit and proper test to help us decide if you can hold a licence. As part of this test you will need to successfully complete:

  • Certificate in the Introduction to the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver
  • Knowledge and Driving Test
  • safeguarding training
  • enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • DVLA checks
  • DVLA Group 2 Medical Assessment

You can apply for a licence that lasts up to 3 years. The costs are:

  • 1 year £169
  • 2 Year £229
  • 3 Year £289

What happens when you need to renew your licence

We will write to you when your licence needs to be renewed.

You can apply to renew your licence using BigChange. The cost of your renewal depends on the length of licence you apply for:

  • 1 Year £97
  • 2 Year £157
  • 3 Year £217

You can apply for a new licence or renew your current licence through our taxi licensing portal BigChange.

If you need help in completing the application, you can watch our video. It shows you step-by-step how to complete your full renewal on BigChange.

Contact the Licensing Team

Block C
Staniforth Road Depot
Sheffield
S9 3HD
Ask us a question
0114 273 4264
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
0800 7311 689 (emergency out of hours)
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