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Drivers Licences

If you intend to drive either a Hackney Carriage or a Private Hire Vehicle in the Wealden area, you will need to apply to us for a Dual Driver Licence.

This Licence only permits you to drive Hackney Carriage/ Private Hire vehicles licences by this Authority.

If you intend to drive vehicles licensed by another Authority then you must hold a Driver's Licence issued by that Authority.  

The licence lasts for three years. A one year Licence is currently available for new applicants only.

In order to apply for a Dual Driver licence you must (amongst other criteria):

  • Hold a full DVLA driver's licence.
  • Have held your DVLA licence for at least 36 months.
  • Be a "fit and proper" person.

In order to establish that you are a "fit and proper" person you will need to:

  • Provide details of your driving history, this is done by allowing the Council access to your DVLA records.
  • Provide evidence of your conviction history, this is done by completing a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure form to Enhanced Level, details of how to complete a DBS can be found in our application pack below.
  • Pass a Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver Assessment. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency is no longer undertaking taxi driver assessments, please contact us for instructions.
  • Undergo a rigorous medical examination, carried out by your own Doctor, to the DVLA Group II medical standards. A medical is now required with each and every application for the grant or renewal of a Dual Driver's licence. On reaching 65 years of age an annual medical is required.

Applicants who hold a current PCV Licence will be exempted from the requirement to pass the DSA test.

Applicants who have undergone Group II medicals in respect of their vocational licences may in certain circumstances be exempt from undergoing a further medical examination. Please speak directly with a Licensing Officer if you think this may apply to you.

Dual Driver Application Process

When you are ready to apply to become a Dual Driver, please visit our application page for all the information and to download the application pack.

Taxi Licensing Fees

Fees are payable at the time of making an application and applications submitted without the correct fee will be rejected. Please see our dedicated fee page for more details. Refunds for the 'unused' years of a surrendered Dual Driver's Licence will not be issued.

Knowledge Test

Since 30 September 2013 applicants have had to pass a Knowledge Test which covers road traffic laws, our licensing conditions and local knowledge about the Wealden area. 

Penalty Points Scheme

We have now implemented a Penalty Points Scheme, please visit the page for full details of violations and the points incurred.

Renewing Your Dual Driver Licence

Information on renewing your Dual Driver Licence. You will be written to approximately six weeks before your current licence expires with more information.

Dual Drivers and Immigration Act 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 introduces new sanctions to tackle illegal migration and illegal working.

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