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

UK private hire driver

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!