Individuals who want to operate as a Taxi Driver or Private Hire Car Driver within the Aberdeen City Council boundary can apply for a licence using the application form available from Licensing Application Forms.
A licensed Taxi Driver can operate any Taxi or Private Hire Car licensed by Aberdeen City Council.
A licensed Private Hire Car Driver can operate any Private Hire Car licensed by Aberdeen City Council.
What are the minimum requirements for applying?
Before you can apply for a Taxi Driver’s or Private Hire Car Driver’s Licence you must meet these minimum requirements:-
- Be able to work legally in the UK;
- Be fit to drive (to DVLA Group 2 medical standards) and
- Have held for a period of 12 consecutive months prior to the date your application is lodged either a UK Driving Licence issued by DVLA or an equivalent EAA Driving Licence.
Important change for taxi, private hire and scrap metal license holders or applicants:
As of 2 October 2023, any individual, company or partnership must now complete a tax check when:
- Renewing a licence;
- Applying for the same type of licence previously held, that stopped being valid less than a year ago; or
- Applying for the same type of licence already held with another licencing authority.
This tax check is to confirm you are registered for tax (where applicable). You will be asked questions about how you pay any tax that may be due on income you earn from your licenced trade.
Once you have completed the tax check, you will be given a 9-character code which you will need to give to the licensing team along with your licencing application. Our team cannot process your licence without this code and your application will be returned to you until this is complete.
You can complete the tax check at the following link - Complete a tax check for a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For the avoidance of doubt, Aberdeen City Council do not receive any of your tax information, only confirmation that you have completed the relevant check.
How do you apply?
To apply for a Licence you should complete the appropriate application form available from Licensing Application Forms and submit it to the Licensing Section by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Your application must be accompanied by the required supporting documents set out in part 6 of the guidance.
The relevant fee must also be paid via the Aberdeen City Council Payment Portal at the same time the application is submitted.
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