How to become a Taxi or Private hire Driver

To become a Taxi or Private Hire Driver in the Thanet District you will do the following....

1.Submit an Application

Submit an application form to the licencing department. 

  • You will need your GP to complete the medical section of the application form. ​

  • You will need to complete a DBS check (Police Check) with Thanet District Council (TDC) or Lime Travel

  • you will need to pay the fee for this. Details of fees can be found on the TDC website in the link below 

1.Knowledge Test

Once you've submitted an application form and paid the fees you will need to book yourself onto the TDC knowledge test.​​  There is a charge to take the test and for every retake of the test. You will be tested in the following subject areas.......

  • Local Knowledge of the area

  • Safeguarding 

  • Highway Code

  • Disability Awareness

  • Private Hire Vehicle and Taxi Driver Conditions


You will need to complete the Blue lamp trust online e-learning safeguarding course which will provide you with relevant study material for the TDC test paper.


3.Ambassador Course

You will need to attend an ambassador course facilitated by TDC. The course is approximately 2-3 hours long providing you with relevant information about the Thanet area. 


Private Hire Driver Application form

Practice Knowledge Test

TDC Website: Fees

TDC Website: Knowledge test 

TDC Website: Taxi Licencincing