New hackney carriage and private hire drivers’ licence
Any person who wishes to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle will be required to hold a valid hackney carriage or private hire driver's licence (joint driver's licence).
Shropshire Council will issue a joint driver's licence to successful applicants which will permit the driving of both hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.
You will also require a licence for the vehicle being driven and, depending on the nature of your business, you may also require a private hire operator's licence.
Applicants from outside the Shropshire area
We can accept applications for drivers' licences from any area. However, before a person applies they need to consider where they will be primarily working.
If it's the intention to apply for a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence, once a driver’s badge has been granted, our vehicle application form asks the following question:
“If you intend to use your vehicle outside the administrative area of Shropshire Council, indicate the area you will primarily work and the approximate amount of time spent working there.”
Where a person indicates that a vehicle will be used in an area some distance away from Shropshire, the application will be considered but it may be that the licence won't be granted because of that distance.
Please consider the possibility of not being able to licence your vehicle before going to the expense of getting a Shropshire joint driver's badge, as no refunds can be given after a licence has been granted.
In order for your application to be accepted you must ensure that you send ALL of the information listed under 'What will I need before I apply?'. If any part of the application is incomplete, or the fee not paid, the application will not be processed until such a time as all the information / documentation is provided.
Once a licence has expired it cannot be renewed. There are no 'days of grace' for licences. Any renewal applications received after the date of expiry will be processed as a new driver application. To allow continuous driving an application to renew the licence must be received at least 10 working days prior to its expiry to ensure sufficient time for the application to be processed and for the council to undertake the relevant application checks.
Download the form, complete it on your home computer, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.orgDownload the form
Download the form, print it out, fill it in and post your application along with the fee if applicable to:
The Licensing Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6NDDownload the form