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. The only badges issued are Dual Badges, which allow drivers to drive either Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicles.


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. 

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Please familiarise yourself with the application process before making an application and do not make an application until you have all of the required documentation.

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

Important information

all new applicants have to submit an application with the following documents:

  1. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate
    Please note we can only accept a DBS check that has been issued in the last 2 calendar months

    Please be aware that when you apply for your Enhanced DBS check, you must subscribe to the DBS update service, there is an annual fee of £13 for the subscription. We legally have to check your DBS every 6 months and if you have not subscribed to the DBS update service, you will require a new Enhanced DBS check at your own cost and will not be able to work until the DBS is in place.
  2. Group 2 medical assessment with you GP or medical practice

Other documentation which is required:

  1. Driver Standards Assessment (Taxi Testing) certificate

In addition to your own GP, or medical practice, we accept medical examinations carried out by D4 Drivers Medicals until further notice. To book an appointment with them please visit the D4 Drivers website.

Important – If using D4 Drivers Medicals, you will need to contact your GP surgery to obtain a summary of your medical records as they will not be able to conduct the medical examination without these.

  Download a Group 2 Medical Certificate form


The current fee for a 3 year licence is £348

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