Apply for a taxi driver licence

Find out how to apply for a taxi driver licence.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a taxi driver licence, you must:

  • pass our knowledge test
  • have a valid, full driving licence

Before you start

If you're interested in applying for a taxi driver licence, you may want to contact our Customer Services team to check taxi availability in East Renfrewshire on 0141 577 3005 or email

Taxi driver licence1 April 2020 to 31 March 20211 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
1 year or temporary£94£96
2 years £179£182
3 years£254£259

Taxi driver knowledge test

Before you make an application for a taxi driver licence, you'll need to pass our taxi knowledge test. This tests your knowledge of local streets and places within East Renfrewshire and includes a practical driving test.

Our Civic Government enforcement officer will examine your test results and a mark of 80% is needed to pass.

If you're renewing your taxi driver licence or if your licence has expired in the last 3 months, you won't need to re-sit your knowledge test.

To book and pay for a knowledge test contact our Customer Services team on 0141 577 3001.

How to apply

A taxi driver licence allows you to drive both taxis and private hire cars.

You'll need to Icon for pdf download a taxi driver licence application form [323.21KB] and provide the following documentation:

  • Your full driving licence, which you must have held continuously for the previous year and which shows your current address.
  • Your current passport

If you've lived in the UK for less than 5 years before applying you must provide a Certificate of Good Conduct or similar document from the justice authority of the country where you previously lived. The Certificate of Good Conduct must be officially translated (if necessary) and paid for at your own expense. The same applies if you don't live in the UK.

If you're not a UK or EU citizen, evidence of entitlement to work in the UK will also be needed for your application to be processed.

All new licences will run for a period of 1 year from the date of approval unless restrictions are set by the Licensing Committee.

Please email complete applications to

What happens next?

We'll usually process your application within 6 to 8 weeks.

Legislation allows for consideration of the application within 3 months and a decision within 6 months.

Please note, copy applications will be sent to Police Scotland who'll carry out a criminal background check. Any unspent convictions not declared by you may be disclosed by the police and may affect your application.

If you haven't heard from us within a reasonable time, phone our Customer Services team on 0141 577 3005 or email

Last modified on 19 March 2021