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Taxi driver licence

Your council is responsible for licensing taxi and private hire drivers, their vehicles and private hire operators.

Read the guidance you need to apply for a new driver licence. You can also find out how to make your application.

For information and your rights on how the council uses your personal information please read our privacy notice.

Service status and latest news

  • Due to an increase in demand it is currently taking us longer to acknowledge and process new taxi licence applications than we would like. We would ask new applicants to please bear with us and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

New taxi driver licence - Lewes District Council

How to apply

  • Important: before you start, you must download and read our Application for a driver's licence - guidance notes for new applicants.
    This gives full instructions on how to apply and a list of the documents we need you to provide
  • You must also complete Disability Awareness and Safeguarding training from Bluelamp Trust before applying

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us.


You can download the list of fees below.

Register of licences

You can search our public register of all licences and registrations issued and held within the Lewes district.

Accessibility disclaimer 

We will soon be moving to online applications for this licence. We are providing the Microsoft Word and printable PDF forms below temporarily until the online service is ready. 

If you are unable to use the Word or PDF forms, you can ask us to send you the application form in another format.

New taxi driver licence - Eastbourne Borough Council

Eastbourne Borough Council's Licensing Committee adopted new guidance from 4 April 2022. The guidance had a phased implementation over a six month period. You can download the guidance below.


You can download the list of fees below.

How to apply

The application for this licence is online. To apply for a driver licence you must:

  • read the Eastbourne Borough Council taxi guidance below
  • hold a full UK DVLA Driving Licence
  • pass a Group II Medical examination        
  • pass a driving proficiency test 
  • undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • pass a local area knowledge test
  • have an HMRC Tax Code

Before you apply

As part of this application you will need to upload documents to provide proof of your eligibility. You will also need to complete the enhanced digital Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You can find out which documents you need to upload for your DBS check, by visiting the GOV.UK website.

Apply online now

Apply for a new taxi driver licence in the Eastbourne borough:

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