Taxi or Private Hire Drivers Licence

If you have never held a taxi driver or private hire driver’s licence before or you do not currently have such a licence you need to apply for the grant of a licence.

If you currently hold a taxi driver or private hire driver’s licence which has not expired but is due to expire then you need to apply for a renewal of the licence.  

A full licence is generally granted for a period of three years although we have the discretion to grant it for a shorter period.

Before completing an Application Form please read our Guidance Notes (pdf) and Schedule of Conditions for a Taxi Drivers Licence (pdf). If applicable, you may also need to read the Rules in Relation to Disclosure of Spent Convictions (pdf).

From 1 December 2016, Right to Work checks must be carried out in respect of all applications for a taxi or private hire driver licence. Read more in  Appendix 1 - Guidance Notes on Right to Work (PDF).

Apply online

IMPORTANT: Before you begin your online application, you will need to have a PDF version of your Driver Record/Licence Summary to upload at the start of the form. We CANNOT validate your application without this. Visit the DVLA website and login using your Driver Licence Number, Postcode and National Insurance Number. Select ‘Share your licence information’ and follow the instructions to get your code and download your Licence Summary. Save your Licence Summary to your device before you fill out the online form as your application cannot be submitted without it.

If you currently hold a taxi driver or private hire drivers licence and your circumstances/details have changed, then you need to tell us about this by completing a variation form.

Variation Form (Word) Variation Form (pdf)


As part of the application process, you may be required to attend a medical to confirm that you meet DVLA Group 2 medical standards. Please see the Guidance Notes above for full details.

Dress Code

Please note that a Taxi Driver Dress Code (pdf) is in place.


You require to sign and date the declaration at the bottom of the application/variation form. This is a very important part of the form and you should note that it is a criminal offence to make a false declaration for which you can be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500.

If you are filling out a paper copy of our application form, once completed, send it with the appropriate fee to:

Legal and Democratic Services, The Moray Council, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

After submitting your application please refer to the online facility to check and track your application. The application should appear there within a week. All licence applications are also specifically acknowledged.

Your application will be copied to Police Scotland for their observations.  If no objection or observation is made on your application by the Police within 21 days, we will proceed to issue your licence. 

If an observation or objection is received, your application will be referred to the Licensing Committee of the Council where elected members will consider the matter.  You will be given an opportunity to attend this meeting and put your case in support of your application.

Contact Us

Legal and Democratic Services

Rate this Page