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Dual Drivers Licence

To become a taxi driver you will need to get a licence from the Council. The licence is issued under an Act of Parliament called the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and is referred to as a driver’s licence. The minimum age for applying for a drivers licence is 18 years and you must have held a driving licence for at least 1 year.


The Licensing Authority does not issue separate drivers’ licences in respect of private hire and hackney carriages. Instead the Licensing Authority issues a dual driver’s licence which gives the holder the flexibility to drive either type of vehicle.


Licences are valid for 3 years and will expire on 31 October 2016. Licences for Drivers aged 65 and over will expire on 31 October 2014 and are subject to an annual Medical Certificate and annual renewal.


To get a dual driver’s licence the Council have to determine whether or not you are a “fit and proper person” under the terms of the Act. This involves a series of tests and checks being carried out with various organisations so that the Council can determine your application fairly and consistently.


The DBS procedure changed on 17th June 2013 and the Licensing Authority no longer receives a copy of your DBS disclosure. As your licence cannot be issued until the Licensing Authority has seen your disclosure it is important you submit it to Licensing Services as soon as it arrives. This will help ensure your licence is issued as quickly as possible. Your disclosure will be returned to you by Recorded Delivery with your Dual Drivers Licence


Eligibility Criteria

The following person may apply for a Dual Drivers Licence:


  • A person aged 18 or over and held a driving licence for more than 1 year

Application Evaluation Process 

Applications must be sent to the Licensing Authority on the prescribed forms with accompanied with the following information:


  • Completed DBS Disclosure Application (and relevant identification as stated on the DBS application)
  • Completed DVLA Mandate
  • Medical Report to Group Standard completed by a GP
  • Drivers Licence (both parts)
  • 1 passport photo



You should be aware that the Licensing Authority is empowered by law to check with the Disclosure & Barring Service for the existence and content of any criminal record in the name of an applicant.  Information received from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be kept in strict confidence while the licensing process takes its course and will be retained for no longer than necessary.


The disclosure of a criminal record or other information will not debar you from gaining a licence unless the Authority considers that the conviction renders you unsuitable.  In making this decision the Authority will consider the nature of the offence, how long ago and what age you were when it was committed and any other factors that may be relevant.  Any applicant refused a drivers licence on the ground that he/she is not a fit and proper person to hold such a licence has a right of appeal to the Licensing Appeals Panel and a Magistrates’ Court.


An application will take a maximum of 5 working days once all required documentation has been received, DBS Disclosure returned, DVLA Check has been returned and tests have been passed.  A licence will not be issued until all the above have been satisfied.  Licences are valid for 3 years and this licence period will expire on 31 October 2016. Licences for Drivers aged 65 and over will also expire on 31 October 2014 and are subject to an annual Medical Certificate and annual renewal.


There are 3 stages to the application process:


Stage 1

Submit your Dual Driver Application, Medical Certificate, DBS Application, DVLA Mandate and all relevant fees and proof of ID.  We advise that you make an appointment with a Licensing Officer to go through your DBS application, as Customer First cannot photocopy your DBS proof of ID. We advise that you send any original documents by Recorded Delivery. They will be returned to you by Recorded Delivery.


Stage 2

You will be sent a time and date by post to attend the Town Hall to sit your Knowledge test whilst the Disclosure & Barring Service is processing your DBS application.  Additional information regarding the Knowledge Test is enclosed. You must pass this test before your application can be processed to stage 3


Stage 3

A Licensing Officer will check your application, DBS Disclosure Certificate, DVLA Drivers Licence Check and make sure you have passed your Knowledge & Geographical Test.  If your application is accepted your licence will be sent to you including any original documents (driving licence) by recorded delivery.  If you did not submit an original driving licence (i.e. Customer First copied it for you) your licence will be posted using the normal postal system.


Once your licence has been issued you must complete a training session on safeguarding and safer recruitment within 6 months.  Please contact Sandra Rees on 01723 232323 to discuss training options available.


Please send all applications to:

Licensing Authority, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG


Please note you will need to bring your DBS disclosure certificate to the Customer First centre once you have received it.  The Licensing Department do not receive a copy from the DBS.





This involves a search of your individual criminal record to establish whether or not you are a safe person to drive members of the public, some of which may be vulnerable, elderly, or infirm. The DBS is a central organisation that deals with all checks of criminal records for the Council. More details about the DBS can be found on their web-site at


All applicants are required to bring along certain documents as proof of identity. Until the DBS return your check, we will be unable to process your application.


You can track your application at




All convictions (spent or otherwise), including additional information received on a DBS disclosure, Fixed Penalty Notices, Anti-social behaviour orders, Cautions, Penalty Points, Warnings, etc. shall be taken into account when determining whether or not an applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a dual licence


Due to the potential risks to the public, applications from persons with a persistent record of criminality, where the record suggests a persistent lack of regard for the well being of others or for their property rights, would be refused.


The public needs to be protected and the three main causes for concern are:

·        Dishonesty or evidence of dishonesty

·        Offences of violence

·        Sexual Offences


There are, however other causes that need to be considered:

·        Drug related offences

·        Drunkenness

·        Offences of damage (criminal damage)

·        Offences that are contraventions of licensing laws or conditions.

·        Offences involving obscene material

·        Offences involving discrimination

·        Major and Minor Motoring/Traffic Offences

·        Persistent criminality

·        Other offences and special circumstances


The above list is not exhaustive.


The list below is to assit you, however it does not cover all offences.  For further information please refer to:


Scarborough Borough Councils Taxi & Private Hire Policy


Conviction & Cautions

Time free of conviction

Dishonesty such as fraud, theft etc.

3 - 5 years

Violence such as Grievous Bodily Harm, Wounding, Serious Assault

3 - 10 years


3 - 5 years

Drunkenness – With a Motor Vehicle

3 - 10 years

Drunkenness – Not in a Motor Vehicle

5 years

Major Motoring Offences

3 years






To drive a taxi/private hire vehicle you must be able to physically carry out the work required of a licensed driver. This may involve lifting heavy objects such as luggage and possibly people’s wheelchairs. Certain medical conditions may mean that you are not capable of driving professionally and it is important that the Council know about such problems. You will need to arrange an examination with a Doctor prior to submitting your application.   A medical report is required every year by driver aged 65 and over and every 6 years for all other drivers. The medical shall be to the DVLA Group 2 standard. Reference should be made to the DVLA Medical Examination Report D4 information booklet (available from for a list of the medical conditions that may prevent an applicant from being certified medically fit to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.




Drivers must have a good working knowledge of the area within which they intend to work. Therefore to maintain the high standards that the LA expects of its drivers, a licence to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle shall not be granted until the applicant has successfully passed this test.


The test is in two parts, the first being on the ‘Law and Conditions’ relating to private hire and hackney carriages and the second part of the test relates to ‘Knowledge of the Borough’.  Further information concerning the knowledge test can be found at Appendix A.




All drivers are required to sign a driver’s licence DPM which permits the LA’s approved organisation to carry out a check on an individual’s driving history upon new and renewal applications. It will be used to confirm that an applicant has held a full driving licence for a period of at least twelve months and to prevent the potential for fraudulent activity of obtaining multiple licences. The cost of this check is currently charged in addition to the basic licence application fee. However where the LA has any cause for concern it may carry out additional checks at its own expense.




Once the checks have been carried out the Licensing Authority will determine your application and inform you of their decision in writing. If you are successful in your application your driver’s badge will be posted to you or can be collected from the reception at the Customer First offices along with your licence and attached conditions.


If you are unsuccessful then the reason your application is being refused will be included in the letter and you will also be informed that if you do not agree with the decision then you may appeal to the Magistrates Court within twenty-one days.




Licensing Services will always aim to deal with your application as quickly as possible however an application should take a maximum of 5 working days to process once a satisfactory DBS Disclosure has been returned and the Knowledge and Geographical Test passed.



Will Tacit Consent apply?


No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the council.

Apply for a Dual Drivers Licence

If you wish to apply for dual drivers licence, change the name or address on an existing licence, request a replacement licence, please download the relevant form below and complete in full.  Please note DBS disclosure applications cannot be downloaded however they are available to collect from the Customer First Centre, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough or by contacting Licensing Services on 01723 232323 or email



Once completed, applications should be sent to the Licensing Authority, accompanied by the relevant fee and any required documentation at the following address:


The Licensing Authority, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG.


If you have any questions relating to the application process or how to complete the forms please contact the Licensing Service on 01723 232323 or email


A public register is available online.  If you wish to view the Council's online register please click here.  You can also view a copy of the register at the Council's Offices during normal office hours.  To make an appointment to view the registers please contact the Licensing Service on 01723 232323 or alternatively email

Failed Application redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.


An appeal against a decision may be made by the applicant within 21 days from the date of receipt of the notification of the decision to:


Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, The Law Courts, Northway, Scarborough, YO12 7AE


Consumer Complaint

The Council operates a complaints procedure. To view the complaints procedure or to make a complaint relating to the service you have received please click here

Other redress

Should any person have a complaint relating to a licensed premises or suspect a premises is operating without the required licence, please contact Licensing Services on 01723 232323 or email

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The Licensing Authority
Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St. Nicholas Street
North Yorkshire
YO11 2HG
Tel: 01723 232323
Fax: 01723 365280

LGNL: 634

Scarborough Borough Council,Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. YO11 2HG
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