Shropshire Council

Renewal of hackney carriage and private hire drivers’ licence

This page is for renewing an existing hackney carriage and private hire drivers’ licence (joint drivers’ licence). If you haven’t held a joint drivers licence previously please go to our new hackney carriage and private hire drivers’ licence page.

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.

Expired licences

Once a licence has expired it can't 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 ten working days prior to its expiry to ensure sufficient time for the application to be processed, and for us to undertake the relevant application checks.

What is it for?

Existing hackney carriage and private hire drivers licensed by us who are due to renew their licence.

How long will it take?

It's our intention to process all valid renewal applications within ten working days where the application is complete and received at least ten working days before it expires.

How much will it cost?

There is a fee for issuing this document, which is taken when you apply.

What will I need before I apply?

  • Completed application form
  • Fee or a copy of the receipt if the fee has been paid online. The fee includes £5 for DVLA, £44 for DBS and fees for the driver knowledge test and the driving assessment (please note: if you have registered for the DBS update service and if you provide an acceptable enhanced DBS, in accordance with the requirements in the Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Licensing Policy 2015-2019 (attached to this page), you will need to remove £44 from the application fee).
  • One recent passport sized photograph countersigned in accordance with passport rules (if emailing the application, this must be in colour jpeg format)
  • Completed five year address history form
  • Completed DVLA mandate form
  • If you were not born in the UK and you do not hold a passport issued by the UK/EU/EEA or Switzerland, you must provide evidence of your right to work in the UK in accordance with Home Office requirements

Do I need to do anything else?

It's your responsibility to read the relevant parts of the full Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2015 – 2019 before applying to ensure that you meet the new criteria which came into effect on 1 April 2015. Once your application has been validated and accepted you'll receive a letter detailing an appointment for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The letter will list the documents you'll need to provide at that appointment in order to complete the DBS form.

Apply now

Download the form, complete it on your home computer, and email it to

Download 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 6ND

Download the form