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Taxi Licensing

The term "taxi" is a generic term applied to both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles. The primary difference between the two is that Hackney Carriages "ply for hire" and use taxi ranks, whilst Private Hire Vehicles, which can only be booked in advance, may not.

If you intend to be a Hackney Carriage Driver in the Wealden area you must apply to us for a Driver's Licence and a Vehicle Licence.

If you intend to be a Private Hire Driver you may also need to apply for a Private Hire Operator Licence (see below) in addition to the Driver and Vehicle Licences. 

If you intend to make provision for and the acceptance of bookings in the Wealden area then you will need a Private Hire Operator's Licence issued by this Authority. Please note that this requirement does not apply to Hackney Carriage Drivers/ Operators.

Information on the differences between the two types of vehicle can be found on our Vehicle Licences page below. If you do not live or work from an address in Wealden, the Council is unlikely to grant a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence to you.

Driver Licences

Information and advice on applying for a Driver's Licence.

Vehicle Licences

Information and advice on the different types of vehicle you may wish to drive, and details of how to apply for each.

Operator Licences

Information and advice on applying for an Operator's Licence. 

Make a Taxi or Private Hire Payment

You can make all of your taxi payments online. If you would like to view our fees before you pay please visit our Taxi Licensing Fees page.

Existing Drivers and Licence Holders

If you already hold a licence then you may find the information on this page useful.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Handbook

The Wealden District Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Handbook is free to download and it is essential that all drivers, proprietors and operators read the handbook.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Newsletter (pdf)

View the latest version of our newsletter.

Guidance for Passengers

If you use taxis, please visit this page which contains advice to keep you safe.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Public Register

Our public registers are updated monthly.

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