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There are two types of driver licences.

Dual driver (hackney carriage)

  • can drive both taxis and private hire vehicles
  • need to pass a knowledge test

Private hire driver

  • can only drive private hire vehicles 
  • cannot accept any bookings unless they either are, or work for, a licensed private hire operator within the Forest of Dean Council area
  • need to pass a knowledge test  

Apply to be a private hire or dual driver 

A new application costs £250, to apply you must:

  • Pass the knowledge test
  • Complete a medical examination
  • Complete a driver assessment test. You can arrange a test at Diamond Advanced motoring
  • Complete a Safeguarding Training course
  • Obtain a DVLA licence check reference number from GOV.UK
  • Complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. These must be done every three years. It costs £50.69 which must be paid online at the time of submission to DBS.

Knowledge test

Contact us on 01594 810000 to book and pay for a knowledge test:

  • The knowledge test costs £75
  • You must take photo identification with you to test (a passport or photocard driving licence)

The knowledge test is broken down into the following sections: 

For Dual Drivers (Hackney Carriage and Private Hire):

  1. Highway Code (Based on the national rules for safe driving)
  2. Numeracy (Simple calculations on time, distance and monetary values)
  3. Policy Questions (All questions are related to the Policy. You should therefore ensure that you have read this document).
  4. Routes (Based on road names and numbers within the district and to major destinations such as hotels, schools, train stations and airports which will require knowledge of the major motorway network).
  5. Places of interest (Places within the district to include pubs, clubs, hotels, supermarkets, public buildings, train stations, museums, schools and some of the main road names).

 For Private Hire Drivers:

  1. Highway Code (Based on the national rules for safe driving)
  2. Numeracy (Simple calculations on time, distance and monetary values)
  3. Policy Questions (All questions are related to the Policy. You should therefore ensure that you have read this document).

Each section has 20 questions. You must score at least 16 out of 20 in each section and achieve a pass mark of 80% overall (for example Dual Drivers 80 out of 100 and Private Hire Drivers 48 out of 60).

Further information on the knowledge test requirements can be found in Annex 3 of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

You will get your result within five days of the test.

Medical examinations

A DVLA Group 2 (D4) Medical examination must be completed by your own General Practitioner (GP) or a medical practitioner that has access to your medical records. You will need to arrange this directly with a suitable GP or medical practice. Please ensure that you state the purpose of your appointment when booking as not all GPs can complete the examination due to the vision assessment and therefore you may also need an appointment with an optician or optometrist.

Please note that the Group 2 Medical Examination Report must be accompanied by the Council’s Medical Declaration Form, which must be completed and signed by you and the GP at the time of the examination. Your medical report will not be accepted without a declaration form, if we do not receive this form you will have to return to your GP to complete this.

Download a DVLA Group 2 (D4) Medical Examination Form

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Since 1 April 2018 all licence holders are required to sign up to the Online Update Service with the DBS so that the check remains active, this must be done within 30 days of the DBS certificate being issued. The certificate number used for your registration must then be provided to the licensing team to record on file. If the licence holder fails to sign up to this service on renewal of their DBS (or issue for new applicants), the licence will be suspended. Read more:

Apply for a DBS check

Select the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application

Enter the following details:

  • Organisation reference: Cotswold
  • Organisation Code: council
    You need to pay £50.69 online fee for an enhanced application.

When you have completed and submitted the form, please email your reference number to

To process your application, you must bring three forms of identification to the council offices to be checked by a member of reception. Applicants who hold a valid passport and drivers licence must present these as two of their three forms of ID. For a full list of ID that is allowed for a DBS check view the guidance:

If you have any previous cautions or convictions, these will need to be determined by a Licensing Sub-Committee. Please refer to our policy on convictions for more information.

Apply for / renew a drivers licence

Return your completed application form, DBS reference number, medical certificate, DVLA reference number, assessment certificate, a passport photo, and fee by:

  • Email (pay over the phone) to
  • Post or deliver to: Licensing, Environmental and Regulatory Services, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG.

Applications must be submitted fully complete to be processed. Your application will be processed within five working days.

Safeguarding training courses

We have worked with our neighbouring authority, Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC), to provide an online safeguarding training package. Please contact to get booked on and make payment. The course cost is £40. You must provide a copy of the course certificate to us as part of  your application.

You can also attend a course in person using Gloucester City Council (GCC). Please contact 01452 396396 to book and make payment for the course. The cost for this course is £35.

The course will run on the following dates:





16 February 2020

10:00 am

Online (CBC)

16 March 2020

10:00 am


13 April 2020

10:00 am



Renew a drivers licence

Renewal of a licence costs £185.

Make sure that you know your licence expiry date. Renewal documents will not be provided so as the licence holder it's your responsibility to:

  • download the application form from this page
  • make sure you return the form to Environmental and Regulatory Services (ERS) seven working days before the licence expires so we can process your renewal.

Return your completed renewal forms:

  • Email to or
  • Post or deliver to: Licensing, Environmental and Regulatory Services, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG.

Proof of right to work (Immigration Act 2016)

Since 1 December 2016 applicants are required to prove that they have the right to work within the UK. We will call to book a 10 minute face to face interview to check your right to work in the UK. You will need to bring in original documents for this check and suitable ID:

This check is only needed once and, if you have the right to work, won't be required for future renewals. If you have a period of ‘leave’ we will need to check each time the licence is renewed. We will keep copies of the documents on file for audit purposes and for potential information sharing with the Home Office.

Additional application requirements for foreign nationals and people who have lived outside England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland

The Council must be satisfied that you are a "fit and proper person". The DBS Criminal Record Check covers England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. The Council needs to take account of any offences committed outside these countries. If you are a foreign national or are a person who has resided outside of England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland please read Section 1.1 of the Taxi and Private Hire Policy to ensure you understand what documents you must submit with your application.

Other drivers fees

Type Fee
Knowledge Test (Dual & Private) £75.00
Replacement driver badge   £28.00
Fee to convert from Private Hire to Dual Driver (excluding the Knowledge Test Fee) £53.00
Administration charge for any other requests      £25.00

 We will not refund any licences.