Licensing and permits

New tax regulations

You must complete a tax check to renew a taxi, private hire, taxi operator or scrap metal licence, or to apply for the same type of licence with a different licensing authority. We will not be able to process your application without your tax check code. Find out how to complete a tax check on GOV.UK

Apply for a new licence, step-by-step guide

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

The pre-application steps

Before you can apply for a new taxi licence there are a number of steps you must follow.

1. Produce a Certificate of Good Conduct

If you have lived outside the UK for three or more months since the age of 18, you will need to show us an original Certificate of Good Conduct from the country or countries you lived in.

Find out how to get a Certificate of Good Conduct and get it checked by us

2. Get your DBS and DVLA checks

If you hold a full, valid driving licence for 12 months with your current address on it, you can ask TaxiPlus (formerly Personnel Checks) to do these checks on our behalf.

Apply for a DBS and DVLA check

Please be sure to sign up to the DBS update service to avoid your DBS falling outside our six-week policy.

3. Pass the Liverpool Standard Part 1

Once you have passed your DVLA and DBS checks you will need to book a place with one of our training providers.

Book a Liverpool Standard Part 1 test

4. Pass the Street Knowledge Test and get ID checked

Once you have passed your DVLA and DBS checks, and have Liverpool Standard Part 1 Certificate, you can book your Street Knowledge Test and bring your ID and Right to Work documents with you to be checked.

Book your test and find out what documents you must bring

5. Get a medical certificate

When you have passed your DBS and DVLA checks you will receive an email from TaxiPlus telling you it's time to apply for a medical certificate.

Find out how to get a medical certificate

6. Apply for your licence

You are ready to apply for a licence when steps 1-5 have been successfully completed and we will email you with the link to the online application form to apply. When you have applied for your licence, you must then complete a further legal application form and upload your proof documents.

Complete the legal application and upload proofs

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
Street Knowledge Test £65
Medical Certificate Fees vary from one doctor to another
Certificate of Disclosure issued by the DBS and a DVLA mandate £80.49 - payable to TaxiPlus (formerly 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 cannot refund fees if you withdraw your application at any point, or if your application is unsuccessful.

Further information