Renfrewshire Council

Private hire car driver licence

If you want to work as a private hire car driver in the Renfrewshire area, you must have a licence.

How do I apply for a licence?

An application pack with an application form, guidance notes and conditions of licence can be downloaded from the related content area of the website.  

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You must answer every question on the form. If a question is irrelevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.

Applications should be made in person at the Customer Service Centre and are by appointment only. Please call our Customer Service Centre to make an appointment.


What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

The application must be accompanied by:

  • two coloured passport photographs (you must write your full name on the reverse of the photographs), and
  • your full driving licence.
    For holders of the new style driving licence, both the photocard and the counterpart must be produced. Your driving licence must show your current home address before any application will be accepted.
  • evidence on entitlement to work in the UK
  • check on previous convictions for applicants seeking a new licence, and who were born or have been resident outside the UK for six months or more
    Details of information to be submitted  in relation to evidence of entitlement to work and check on previous convictions are included in the guidance notes.


How much is the licence fee?

Information on fees for all licences can be found in the related content area of the website under civic application fees.


What criteria have to be met to apply for a licence?

Applicants for a private hire car driver's licence must:

  • be at least 21 years old, and
  • have held a licence entitling you to drive in the UK for a continuous period of 12 months immediately prior to making an application.


How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within 3 months and a decision made within 9 months.

Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.

What happens if there if an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board. 

You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter will be sent out to you with the citation letter.

What conditions are attached to my licence?

A copy of the conditions of licence for drivers will be issued to you if your licence is granted. 

The council requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions and they should be kept as they form part of your licence.

Renfrewshire Council also have a dress code for drivers which can be found in the related content area of the website.


How long does the licence last for?

Applications for the grant of a licence are generally granted for a period of one year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period.

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