Renfrewshire Council

Taxi driver licence

If you want to work as a taxi driver in Renfrewshire, you must have licence.

Application criteria

Applicants must:

  • be at least 21-years-old;
  • have held a current driving licence entitling you to drive in the UK for a continuous period of 12 months immediately prior to applying; and
  • sit and pass a knowledge test before a licence is granted.

Information about the knowledge test can be found under related documents.

How do I apply for a licence?

The Council introduced a new system for receiving applications for grant and renewal of these licences on 30 June 2020. Applications are submitted electronically with supporting documents being uploaded and verified. Payment will also be made via the system. Once confirmed in order, licence holders will receive the form electronically to print, sign and return to the Council to allow the application to be accepted and processed.  Please note that until the signed application form is received in the Council your application has not been submitted. 

Apply for a taxi driver licence

What documents do I need?

Your application must be accompanied by:

  • two colour passport photos ((either in JPEG format or if you are submitting original photographs you must write your full name on the back);
  • your full driving licence (photocard and counterpart). Your driving licence must show your current home address;
  • evidence of entitlement to work in the UK;
  • a check on previous convictions for applicants seeking a new licence, who were born or have been resident outside the UK for six months or more.

You can find more details on information to be submitted in relation to evidence to work in the UK and check on previous convictions in the guidance notes.

How much is the licence fee?

Information of fees for all licences can be found under related articles - click on 'civic application fees'.

How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within three months. A decision must be made within nine 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 is an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received the application must be considered at a Regulatory Functions Board meeting. You will be formally invited to attend. A copy of the letter will be sent to you with the citation.

What conditions are attached to my licence?

A copy of the conditions will be sent to you once your taxi licence has been granted.

You are required to have a full understanding of these conditions. These conditions form part of your licence and must be kept.

Renfrewshire Council has a dress code for drivers.

How long does the licence last for?

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