Driver Licence Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles

COVID-19: Changes to Licensing services

Support and guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle businesses

We are asking customers to only submit essential applications. You should expect most applications to take longer than normal to process. See our Taxi Guidance Covid-19 (PDF, 153KB) for more information on how to apply for a licence.

Cheshire East Council issues a combined licence enabling drivers to drive both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles. A licence lasts up to 3 years.

Anyone wanting to be a licensed driver within Cheshire East must be aware of our requirements before they start any part of the application process (including any formal qualifications).

Completing the application process is no guarantee that an application will be granted.


To become a licensed Joint Driver you will need to:

All applicants must hold either

  • the BTEC Level 2 Certificate in the introduction to the role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver
  • or the NVQ level 2 Certificate in Road Passenger Vehicle driving (Taxi and Private Hire Driver)
  • or be enrolled on a course before they make application

We will consider other qualifications at level 2 if they are on a similar topic. We would need to see the full specification for the course so we can decide if its suitable.

We will not issue a license until the BTEC has been passed and the certificate has been verified. Obtaining either the BTEC or the NVQ is not a guarantee that a licence will be granted.

You can choose to take the course with a number of colleges or training providers.

We are mindful of the pressures that the NHS and GPs are currently experiencing. On that basis you can submit your application without this information. Please declare if you have had any medical issues since your last application that we need to know about using the below form:

Provided we have no cause for concern your renewal application will be processed and a licence issued. You will be required to provide a medical within 3 months. This time limit may be extended if COVID-19 continue to impact on NHS services. You will be contacted directly if this affects you.

Please contact us on 0300 123 5015 to book your appointment for your disclosure and barring certificate. When attending your appointment please make sure bring with you your DBS acceptable documents (PDF, 163KB) When you received your completed DBS, please post this to us at our Crewe address or deposit it through the letter box at either Macclesfield Town Hall, Delamere House Crewe, or the Municipal Buildings Crewe. We will return the DBS by first or second class post.

  • Provide one colour passport sized photograph

You will need to provide a Certificate of Good conduct if:

  •  you have been living in the UK for less than 5 years at the time of your application or
  • you have lived outside the UK in the last 5 years

You must get a certificate from the UK based Embassy for each country you lived in. The Certificate must be in English or a certified English translation of the original.

We can only accept A Certificate Of Good Conduct which is less than 28 days old when you make your application for a Joint Driver Licence.

Applicants must have held a driving licence granted under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988 for a period of 12 months or more (this includes UK and EEA licences). To verify this and to confirm any driving endorsements or disqualifications you are required to request a code from the DVLA to be submitted to us with your application.

You can request the DVLA Code by visiting or call the  DVLA on 0300 790 6802. 

We will reject your application if you fail to submit this information with your completed application form

All applicants are required to pass the 3 parts of a theory test:

  1. a knowledge test of the Cheshire East area
  2. questions in relation to taxi legislation
  3. questions on the Highway Code

Applicants must show a suitable knowledge of the Borough before we will issue licence.

The Knowledge Test papers are split into three different areas. Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich and Macclesfield Zones.

The paper you choose will determine which questions you will have to answer on Section one of the paper.

The areas the papers cover are:

  • Congleton (Congleton, Sandbach, Middlewich and rural areas)
  • Crewe and Nantwich (Crewe, Nantwich, Shavington and rural areas)
  • Macclesfield (Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford, Alderley Edge and rural areas)

Book your knowledge test

You can book your knowledge test online. You cannot transfer your booking. The non-refundable fee for booking the knowledge test is £50.

Book your knowledge test

Taking the knowledge test

You should allow 2 hours to complete the test process and documentation.

You must bring:

  • your DVLA driving licence
  • your passport

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic we have modified the way we are conducting our knowledge tests. Please see our Taxi Driver Knowledge Tests during COVID 19 Guidance (PDF, 26KB)

Test remarking

If you wish to have your test remarked there is a fee of £20.00 which can be paid over the phone on 0300 123 5015

Fees for new Joint Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver applicants

Fees to be paid with your application:

  • An enhanced DBS check £50.00
  • DVLA check £5.00

Fees to be paid upon the grant of the licence

  • Grant of licence fee £105.00 

Fees for Joint Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver renewals

Fees to be paid with your renewal application:

  • An enhanced DBS check £50.00
  • DVLA check £5.00
  • Grant of licence Fee £125.00

Payment can be made by card or by cheque. Cheques must be made payable to ‘Cheshire East Council’ 



Page last reviewed: 06 September 2021