Taxi driver licence

  • Due to an increase in demand it is currently taking us longer to acknowledge and process new taxi licence applications than we would like. We would ask new applicants to please bear with us and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

  • We are now conducting Taxi Driver Knowledge tests virtually and you are expected to book in for a remote test to complete your licence application. If you are unable to carry out the Taxi Driver Knowledge test virtually, please confirm this to us upon submission of your application.

Your council is responsible for licensing taxis and private hire drivers and vehicles and private hire operators.

On this page you can find the information and application packs you need to apply for a new driver licence.

For information and your rights on how the council uses your personal information please read our privacy notice.


Please download the list of fees below.

How to apply

Download and complete the forms below. To apply for a driver licence you will also need to:

  • Hold a full UK DVLA Driving Licence

  • Pass a Group II Medical examination        

  • Pass a driving proficiency test 

  • Undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

  • Pass a local area knowledge test

We recommend that you read the guidance notes before you start your application.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us.

Register of licences

We keep a public register of all licences issued and held within the Lewes district. Search online for details now:

Public register of licences and registrations

Eastbourne Borough Council's Licensing Committee have adopted new Guidance (see below).  This Guidance comes into effect from 1st December 2019.  This Guidance will have a phased implemented over a six month period from December 2019.


Please download the list of fees below.

How to apply

Before you apply

As part of this application you will need to upload documents to provide proof of your eligibility. You will also need to complete a digital Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please check which documents you need to upload for your DBS check by visiting the GOV.UK website.

Apply online

Apply for a taxi driver licence in the Eastbourne borough:

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Please download and read the guidance below.