Apply for a new private hire or taxicab licence

A new applicant is someone who has never been granted a licence by Liverpool City Council or whose licence has expired.

Before you apply

Take your original passport and/or right to work documents to our City Centre One Stop Shop between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. 

You will also need to take proof of your address. Acceptable proofs are as follows:

  • DVLA photo card licence - our preferred document.
  • Bank statement - dated in the last three months.
  • Utility bill - dated in the last three months.
  • Council Tax bill - dated in the last 12 months.

An adviser will inspect and scan your original documents. We will then write to you to let you know if they have been accepted and tell you to apply for your licence online, as set out below.

If you fail to bring your original documents you will not be able to apply for your licence.

How to apply 

If you have held a full valid driving licence for 12 months which has your current address on it, you can apply for your Certificate of Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and a DVLA Mandate from Personnel Checks who will process them on our behalf.

Apply for your DBS check and DVLA Mandate

Personnel Checks will also let you know when to apply for the following:

Please note: If you have lived overseas for three months or more since the age of 18, you will also need a Certificate of Good Conduct

What happens next?

Personnel Checks will contact you when your DBS check is complete and tell you how to proceed to the final part of the application process.

How much will a new licence cost me?

Type of fee or certificate Amount
Liverpool Standard Part 1 Certificate Varies according to each approved provider
Medical Certificate Fees vary from one doctor to another
Certificate of Disclosure issued by the DBS and a DVLA mandate £82.49 - payable to Personnel Checks
Post Office ID verification service (payable to the Post Office) £10.50
Issue fee (once licence has been granted) * £150 (three year licence)
£60.00 for over 65’s only (one year licence)

* We are currently applying a £30 discount to the issue fee (pending a review). This means that the total you pay for a three-year licence (excluding any charges made for Liverpool Part 1 Certificate and your medical certificate) will be £204.57.

We cannot refund fees if you withdraw your application at any point, or if your application is unsuccessful.

Guidance notes and conditions