Becoming A Taxi Driver

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Becoming A Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver Licensing Criteria

Before applying for a Taxi Driver’s Licence
you should check the criteria.

Some Benefits that working people can claim:

To be issued with a licence to drive a taxi you MUST:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Have held a full Category B (car) driving licence continuously for at least three years immediately before you apply
  • Meet the higher medical requirements; if you have medical issues or inquiries ask NWTP to clarify your position with your medical issue.
  • Be a fit and proper person to hold a taxi driver licence. In this context, an ENHANCED disclosure from ACCESS NI will be required. Have you any convictions?

If you wish to discuss the criteria or get more information about the criteria then contact us and we will discuss your specific issues.

Stage 1

You need to apply for and pass:

  • Taxi Driver Theory Test – Followed by;
  • Taxi Driver Practical Test
  • If at the end of the process you are not issued with a Taxi Driver’s licence you won’t be able to get a refund for any taxi driver theory or taxi driver practical tests that you have taken.

Stage 2

  • Set up a level 2 NIDA account – An account on NI Direct to manage your taxi licenses.
  • Complete an Enhanced Access NI check online – NWTP can assist with this if you wish – you need your Driving Licence, National Insurance and Passport Numbers before we begin.
  • Your TDL (Taxi Driver License) will be linked to your ODL (Ordinary Driving License) so your ODL should be up to date regarding your current address.
  • Complete your Taxi medical and send it to DVA.
  • A fee of £140.00 needs paid online through the government portal.
  • Your EDC (Enhanced Disclosure Certificate) will need to be posted to DVA when you get it – We advise Post using Registered Mail or Signed for.
  • Once set up, check your government portal for messages about licensing. You will receive an email to let you know that there is a message for you online.

A medical form will be sent out to you (TLM1) – arrange an appointment and get your local GP to fill it out. Send the medical form to DVA. When your Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (EDC) comes out from Access NI post it straight to DVA to complete the process. 

Applications should be sent to:

Taxi Licensing Section
Driver & Vehicle Agency (PTLD)
County Hall
Castlerock Road
BT51 3HS

NWTP will assist applicants with the process.
Phone 028 71362556 and ask for details.

How Much Will It Cost

Taxi driver theory test fee - £34.00
Taxi driver practical test fee- £60.00
Taxi driver practical test (evening and weekend fee) - £90.00
Taxi driver licence application fee - £140.00
Also, remember most doctors charge £60.00 - £80.00 for the medical. ​ For more information call 02871362556

IDs for a Taxi Licence

ID’s for a taxi driver’s application or a taxi driver’s renewal application.
All applicants are required to send in original documents to confirm their identity, right to work in the UK and proof of address.
​ If you are the holder of a current UK, Irish, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) passport this document along with 2 original documents to confirm your current address dated within the last 3 months should be produced.
​ Examples of original documents: - bank statement, benefit statement, utility bill or payslip. Mobile phone bills should not be used as a utility bill, but landline bills are good. Electricity bills, oil bills or other bills on headed paper to you at your current address will count as an original document. Your accountant’s bill will cover it. But remember they cannot be more than 3 months old.
​ If you do not have a passport then you will need to send in your ordinary driving licence along with your birth certificate and proof of your National Insurance Number (P60, P45, submitted accounts, a National Insurance Card or another document with your NI number on it) and the 2 original documents to prove your address.
​ Remember you also need your Access NI completed online. If you need assistance with your Access NI then contact our NWTP and we will help you.

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