Dual Driver application process


Dual Driver application process

To apply to become a Dual Driver, please download the following documents:

pdf icon Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Handbook [883kb] - this is an important reference document.

pdf icon Dual Driver Application Form [217kb] - this will entitle you to drive both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles.

pdf icon Medical Report Form [197kb]  - you will need to make an appointment with your GP (who will typically charge £80 to £180) and take this form with you.  In certain circumstances it may be necessary to consult with the Council's medical consultant.

pdf icon DVLA Mandate [204kb] - this authorises the DVLA to release details of your driving licence history to Rother District Council.  The cost is included in your Application fee.

Please also visit our  Knowledge Test  page. The cost of the first test is included in the application fee, but subsequent tests will be subject to an additional charge.  Before booking the Test, please familiarise yourself with the Handbook, which provides information on Rother licence and taxi specific conditions.  You will need to do your own research on the local area, where questions will cover the whole of Rother District.

You will also need to complete:

Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver Assessment. A list of the organisations we use to undertake this practical driving test will be given to you at your first appointment.

DBS (CRB) Disclosure at Enhanced Level. This is a legal requirement as there may be times when you will be working with children or vulnerable adults.  Details of how to complete the application on-line will be given to you at your first meeting. Please see our Application Fees page for the cost of this check, which is payable to Rother District Council.

Please read all the information in the pack carefully before completing the various forms.  The length of time required to complete the process (which may take up to 9/12 weeks) will depend on how quickly documents are returned, the response times from external bodies, and your preparation time for the Knowledge Test.

When you are ready to proceed, please call 01424-787528 to book an appointment.  This will be held at the Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3JX.   Please bring with you the following documentation:

  • Completed application form
  • Payment for application plus DBS check (see Application Fees page).  This can be made by cheque payable to Rother District Council, or by card using our online facility, see our Payments  page.
  • Driving licence
  • Passport or birth certificate
  • Household utility bill/bank statement not more than 3 months old, confirming your current address
  • Passport style photo
  • Full address history for the last five years
  • Employment history giving name and address for the past 5 years

If you have spent six continuous months or more overseas, we will expect to see evidence of a criminal record check from the country/countries covering the period, before a licence application can be made. This period will be for ten years. This is because there are some offences that cannot be considered spent for ten years.  A Certificate of Good Conduct/Character should be obtained from the UK Embassy/Consulate for the relevant country or countries.

To be a licensed driver, you must be a fit and proper person. If you are abrupt or aggressive when talking to Council staff, this may prevent us from approving your application.

Once licensed, we will send you the appropriate renewal documentation approximately 8 weeks before the expiry of your Dual Driver's Licence. You are reminded that it is your responsibility, not that of the Council, to renew your Licence.  If you fail to do so before the expiry date, then your application will be treated as a new application and you will not be permitted to drive until it has been determined (approximately 6/8 weeks).

Each time you renew your licence, you will need to apply to the DBS (CRB) for a new disclosure and supply us with original identity documents to support this.  All applicants are encouraged to sign up for the DBS Update Service, details of which will be given to you at your first meeting.  You will also have to obtain a new Medical Report from your GP. If you should require an additional copy of the renewal application form, please download our pdf icon Dual Driver Renewal Form [199kb].

Incomplete applications, or applications not accompanied by the required fee will not be accepted.  Applications which are withdrawn for any reason will be subject to an administrative handling fee.

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