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Taxi and private hire licenses

If you want to offer taxi or private hire vehicle services in the district, you will need a licence. If you have any questions, please contact the environmental health team on 01543 308735 or 01543 308732 or email

Hackney carriage/private hire driver's licence

A hackney carriage licence is issued to the proprietor/owner of a vehicle. It permits a vehicle to use taxi ranks where available, and ply for hire.

A private hire licence is issued to the proprietor/owner of a vehicle. It allows a vehicle to be used as a pre-booked private hire vehicle.

You can get a licence that allows drivers to drive both hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.

Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles can only be driven by appropriately licensed drivers and we will only grant a licence to people we consider are 'fit and proper' persons.

To do this we carry out/require a number of checks, including an enhanced criminal records checks, group two medical, and a driving licence check.

If you are applying for the first time, you will need to fill out an application for the grant of a combined hackney carriage and private hire driver's licence. You must provide two passport photographs with your application.

Hackney carriage/private hire operator's licence

If you want to operate hackney carriages or private hire cars from a base in Lichfield District, you will need to download and complete an application form for a proprietor's licence.

This is in addition to the driver's licence (hackney carriage or private - see above) you will need if you wish to drive one of the vehicles yourself. Equally all of your drivers will need to be individually licensed (see above). 

Register of Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles

For our register of Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, which also includes a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles, check out our data set on

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Phone our contact centre: 01543 308 000
District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

If you need to contact a team direct, please visit our contacts page for team phone numbers and email addresses.

Opening times

Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm. Our phone lines close at 5pm.