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How do I become a private hire driver with Ashfield council ?

26 February 2023

If you want to apply for a private hire license in Ashfield, you will need to follow the licensing process established by Ashfield District Council. Here are the general steps you will need to take:

  1. Check the eligibility requirements: To apply for a private hire license in Ashfield, you must be at least 21 years old, hold a full UK driving license for at least three years, and pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  2. Complete a private hire driver application form: You can obtain the application form from the Ashfield District Council website or by contacting the licensing department. You will need to provide personal details, driving license information, and details about any previous convictions or cautions.
  3. Undergo a medical examination: You will need to undergo a medical examination to ensure you are fit to drive a private hire vehicle. You can arrange this by booking online at
  4. Provide proof of insurance: You will need to provide proof of appropriate insurance for your private hire vehicle.
  5. Provide proof of vehicle compliance: Your vehicle must meet certain standards, including an annual MOT certificate, valid road tax, and compliance with vehicle age limits set by the council.
  6. Attend a knowledge test: You will need to attend a knowledge test to demonstrate your understanding of local geography and the Highway Code.
  7. Attend an interview: You will be invited to attend an interview with the licensing department to discuss your application.
  8. Pay the licensing fee: You will need to pay a fee for your private hire license application, which will be set by the council.

Once you have completed all the requirements and your application is approved, you will be issued with a private hire license, which will allow you to work as a private hire driver in Ashfield.