Apply for your DBS and DVLA checks
These checks are carried out by our approved partner, Personnel Checks.
Please note: If you have lived overseas for three months or more since the age of 18 you will also be required to produce a Certificate of Good Conduct.
What happens next?
If you are a new applicant, Personnel Checks, who will process your application on our behalf, will then let you know when to apply for the following:
Once you have received your DBS certificate and the DVLA check (to verify the details and status of your driving licence, plus any endorsement history) is complete, you will be told how to apply for your licence.
This must be done within six weeks from the date of the DBS certificate's issue. We cannot accept applications if the certificate is any older.
DBS update service
If you register for the DBS update service we can check your certificate status online in the future without having to apply for a new check. Find out more.
I already have a DBS certificate – can I use it?
No. DBS disclosure certificates that have been produced for a taxicab or private hire licence from another authority cannot be accepted, nor can a DBS disclosure certificate produced for employment other than as a taxi driver, such as social work.
What convictions should I declare on my application?
Applicants must disclose all convictions. Convictions are never considered ‘spent’ when applying for a licence by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974. Advice on the Act can be obtained from NACRO, any Citizens Advice Bureau or your local law centre.
An applicant would generally be expected to be free from convictions for a period of five to 10 years (depending on the nature of their offences) before a licence will be issued.
Recent or current offences, and offences which have resulted in custodial sanctions, will inevitably reduce the likelihood of a licence being granted.
How long will it take?
The time required to process DBS applications will vary. Applications will be delayed if the information on the form is incomplete or inaccurate.