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.

How to apply

  • Please read application Guidance for instructions how to apply and list of required documents
  • Complete Disability Awareness and Safeguarding training by Bluelamp Trust before applying

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


Please download the list of fees below.

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

Privacy Notice for Taxi Licensing Applications

Privacy Notice for Taxi Licensing Applications
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Eastbourne Borough Council's Licensing Committee have adopted new Guidance (see below).  This Guidance comes into effect from 4 April 2022. This Guidance will have a phased implemented over a six month period from April 2022.


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

  • HMRC Tax Code

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

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.

Handling of DBS Certificate Information

Handling of DBS Certificate Information
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