All Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles in Torbay that carry passengers and take money for this service must be licensed by us and every driver that works in these vehicles must also be licensed.  They must also wear a photographic identity badge at all times when they are working.

We only issue 3 year licences, this is in line with an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check which also lasts for 3 years.

The only drivers badge issued by us is a dual badge which allows drivers to either drive a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle.


All new applicants must read the Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Policy to ensure they meet the requirements before applying for a licensed drivers badge. 

Any new applicants that wish to become a licensed driver with us will have to undergo the below requirements before a licence application can be made:

  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for criminal convictions and cautions
  • A Group 2 Medical assessment with their own GP or medical practice

Please find the links and forms below, to enable you to obtain these documents.

  Download a Group 2 Medical Certificate form

Once the applicant has all of these documents they will need to make an application to us and pay the appropriate fee. To apply, please register for an online account and make the application through the online system.

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Do not make an application until you have all of the required documentation.  Once an application has been made, you will have to undertake a knowledge test and an Immigration Status check to determine if you have the right to work in the UK.  More information about the knowledge test can be found in our guidance.

Licensed Driver Guidance
Guidance on the procedure for all applicants for licensed drivers and operators licences in Torbay.


The fee for a 1 year licensed drivers badge is £186.

The fee for a 3 year licensed drivers badge is £287.