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Checks and tests

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This involves a search of your individual criminal record to establish whether you are a suitable person to drive members of the public. The DBS is a central organisation that deals with all checks of criminal records for the Council.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more details about the DBS and their online application tracking service.

Any applicant for a licence to drive taxis and private hire vehicles who has spent three continuous months or more living outside the United Kingdom from the age of 18 will have to provide evidence of a criminal record check from the relevant country for that period.

Visit the GOV.UK website for guidance on criminal records checks for overseas applicants.


An applicant must have held a full UK or EEA driving licence for a period of at least 3 years.

Medical Examinations

All applicants will be required to undergo a Group 2 medical examination which can be carried out by any registered doctor who has sight of your medical records.

Certain medical conditions may mean that you may not be permitted to drive professionally and it is important that the Council know about such problems to ensure the safety of the public.

Please talk to the Licensing Service before organising a medical.

Driving Standards Assessment

New applicants are required to complete a Driving Standards Assessment.

Download the information pack for information about the procedure for undertaking an Assessment

Knowledge Test

New applicants are also required to attend Driver Awareness Training and sit a Knowledge Test at TTC Driver Protect.

It is important that you understand what is expected of you as a licensed driver in Telford and Wrekin.

The theory test will consist of 2 parts:-

  • classroom training on the do's and don'ts of taxi licensing, download the Council's Conditions of Licence ,disability awareness, child sexual exploitation and health & safety advice for all prospective taxi drivers.
  • multiple choice examination

These tests are undertaken by the Council's approved training provider (TTC Driver Protect). For further information and to book an Assessment and Knowledge Test, please telephone 03330 113113.

Last updated: 20/07/2022 09:58

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