Considering becoming a private hire driver? Here are the next steps you need to take.

Do you love driving? Do you have excellent people skills and a good sense of direction? Does a flexible job where you decide the hours appeal to you? If so, you should consider becoming a private hire driver – but what do you need to do to become a private hire driver in the UK?

There are certain criteria that need to be met if you want to become a private hire driver, but the good news is that anyone who meets the criteria can apply! After a successful application, you will receive a licence, and then you’re good to go!


You need to be able to work in the UK and hold a full UK or EU driving licence, and you must have held this licence for at least 12 months.

You must be an excellent driver and receive medical clearance to meet the DVLA Group 2 standards – this can be obtained from your GP and you will receive a questionnaire as part of your application.

You will need to undergo an enhanced criminal record check – if you have a criminal record it won’t automatically mean your application will fail, but it will be taken into account to judge you with respect to good character.

There will be an exam to test your knowledge of the local area, its geography and roads.

You must have good people skills and a firm grasp of the English language, or at least in terms of spoken English.

Think you meet all of the above criteria? Then you could well become a private hire driver! The next step is to apply for a licence from your local authority. Check your local council website to begin the application – there may be a fee associated with this process.

If you are successful, the local authority will grant you a licence, and then you can begin approaching private hire companies!