From 1st December 2016, licensing authorities will be required to check the immigration status and right to work of ALL those applying for taxi, private hire driver and operator licences.

The new provisions mean that driver and operator licences must not be issued to persons who are:-

  • Unlawfully present,
  • Not permitted to work, or
  • Permitted to work, but not this type of work.

The issue of a licence to a disqualified person is prohibited.

For all licence applications made on or after 1st December 2016, they must satisfy the licensing authority that the applicant is not disqualified by their immigration status from holding a licence before the licence is issued. Each application made on or from this date will need to provide original supporting documentation as detailed on the application form for ALL new applicants and for subsequent first time renewals.


Last updated: 30th January 2017