Immigration Act 2016

From 01 December 2016 anyone who applies for a new private hire car driver licence will need to submit the application in person to the licensing office, along with the original documentation to show that they have the right to work in the UK. All existing licence holders will also be required to do the same at time of renewal.

The acceptable documents are listed in Documents for the Right to Work in the UK below.

Documents for the Right to Work in the UK

If you are able to show us that you have no restrictions to work in the UK, the next time you make an application, you don't need to come into the office.

If your right to work in the UK is time limited, then your taxi driver licence will not be issued longer than your period of permission to work in the UK. You may extend your licence if the permission is extended. You will need to come into the licensing office with the original documents when extending the licence - this will also apply if you are renewing your licence.


To work as a Private Hire Car Driver in Falkirk, either employed or self-employed, you need a licence from Falkirk Council.

A Private Hire Car Driver licence allows you to drive a Private Hire Car.

Your licence will be granted for a period of 1 year. You can then choose to renew your licence for either a 1 year or 3 year period.

If you wish to operate a vehicle as a Private Hire Car a separate licence known as a Private Hire Car Operator Licence will be required in addition to the drivers licence.


How to apply

The following Private Hire Car Driver Licence application forms are available for download:

New Private Hire Car Driver - application form
Renewal of Private Hire Car Driver Licence - application form

You can also get application form by contacting us directly:

Licensing Section
District Court Offices, Municipal Buildings
West Bridge Street
Falkirk
FK1 5RS
01324 501575