If you want to be a driver of a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licensed by Milton Keynes Council you will need to apply for a combined driver licence. Please download and read the following information carefully before you make your application.
Firstly read the guide for new taxi drivers and the Taxi Licensing Policy. If you believe that you will be able to meet the criteria for a combined private hire and hackney carriage driver’s licence, please proceed with your application.
Please note, all applicants must submit a full application. You will be unable to continue with your application if you do have all the relevant documentation.
In 2018 the Council made it a compulsory requirement that all licensed drivers complete Safeguarding and Child Sexual Exploitation Training.
The Council believes that this training is necessary in order to protect vulnerable children from abuse. You will be given advice on how to spot the signs of abuse/exploitation and how to report your concerns.
You can complete the safeguarding training online at a cost £18 with our partner Barnardo’s. You will need to register for an account in order to complete this online course. If you are a new applicant, not currently licenced with Milton Keynes please type the word NEW when asked for your badge number.
Enhanced DBS and DVLA check
Enhanced DBS and DVLA checks are carried out by Personnel Checks, at a cost of £60.00. Please apply to Personnel Checks to complete the online application and payment. An Enhanced DBS can take time to process; it is advisable to start you DBS application 8-12 weeks in advance.
DBS Update Service
You can register online using your DBS certificate number. You must do this within 19 days of the certificate issue date.
A licence holder must sign up to the DBS Update Service on the grant of their licence and remain on the Update Service until expiry.
The DBS update service allows applicants to keep their DBS certificates up to date and save money
- DBS update service costs £13 per year: £39 every 3 years*
- Applying for a new DBS each renewal: £60 + £12.75 = £72.75 every 3 years*
* Costs correct at time of printing
If you experience any issues applying online for your DBS please call Personnel Checks on 01254 355692.
Drivers are required to undertake a satisfactory medical upon first application and on their 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th and 65th birthday and then annually thereafter.
Existing drivers are expected to provide medicals in good time. Failure to do so results in suspension.
Renewing your licence
You should renew your licence at least 2 months prior to its expiry. If you fail to do so you may not have a renewed licence granted in time for you to continue to work.
Updating your documents
Licensed drivers are required to keep the Council up to date with a number of documents that have expiry dates. You must ensure that your driving licence, passport, medical, residence permit, visas and any other document the Council may request or condition you to provide; are presented for noting when renewed.
Criminal convictions, cautions and investigations
The conditions of your licence require you to notify the Council if you are convicted or cautioned of a criminal offence or even investigated for an offence.
Failure to do this could result in your licence being suspended or revoked.
Surrender your licence
If you do not want to drive taxis any more you should notify the Council and surrender your licence.
Last Updated: 19 February 2021