All Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles in Torbay that carry passengers in return of payment must be licensed by Torbay Council. Every driver that works in a licensed vehicle must also be licensed.

A licensed driver must wear a photographic identity badge at all times when they are working.

Torbay Council only issue 3 year licenses, this is in line with Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check which also lasts 3 years. The only badges issued are Dual Badges, which allow drivers to drive either Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicles.

Important information

Please familiarise yourself with the application process before making an application.

The application process
Application process flowchart for becoming a licensed driver.

Do not submit an application until you have all of the required documentation, listed below:

You will need to download the following Group 2 medical certificate and take it along to your assessment.

  Download a Group 2 Medical Certificate form


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. 

  Apply to be a Licensed Driver Opens in a new window


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

Further information

Once an application has been made you will have to sit a knowledge test.

About the Knowledge Test
Further information on what is required at the Knowledge Test

All applicants are required to prove they have the right to work in the UK. Please read the guidance we have provided to ensure you can provide acceptable documentation.

Right to work in the UK
List of accepted documents to prove the right to work in the UK