Taxi and private hire licensing

In order to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, all existing taxi and private hire licence holders as well as new applicants should read our Taxis and coronavirus FAQ

The main difference between the two is that taxis (Hackney Carriages) “ply for hire” and use taxi ranks, Private Hire Vehicles can only be booked in advance.

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

To licence your own vehicle you will then need to apply for a Hackney Carriage or a Private Hire vehicle licence.

If you want to accept bookings in the Wealden area and are not going to be working for an existing operator you will also need a Private Hire Operator’s Licence. Please note that this requirement does not apply to Hackney Carriage Drivers/Operators.

Dual driver licences

Information and advice on applying for a dual 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.

Private hire operator licences

Information and advice on applying for a private hire 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 

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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Public Register

Our public registers are updated monthly.