DBS checks and disclosure of convictions

There is important guidance available for existing and prospective taxi drivers on completion of the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) form. You must have a DBS disclosure certificate before you can be licensed to drive a hackney carriage or private-hire vehicle. New or renewal applications for taxi licences will not be processed without one.


DBS application guidance notes have been produced to help you. Please ensure you read these and bring the correct form of identification to your appointment.


Basic disclosure check for operators only.

From January 2018, if you need a basic disclosure check, you should apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), you will be able to use the new online-application route on www.gov.uk.