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Renew a driver's licence

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From April 1, 2017, individual driver licences will be replaced with the combined driver's licence. 

Drivers who are already licensed with Charnwood Borough Council will automatically change to the combined licence on renewal by following the application process outlined on this page.

Should an existing driver wish to obtain a combined badge before their renewal date, they would need to pass the new Knowledge test. Once passed, a driver would receive a combined badge for the remainder of their existing licence.

To arrange a knowledge test please contact the Licensing Team via the Contact Centre on 01509 634562.

Please note payment for the test will be required at time of booking. The purpose of this test is to test your knowledge of the Borough of Charnwood and surrounding areas, licence conditions, basic numeracy and the ability to read, understand and write English.   The knowledge test is a written test. The written test comprises of three sections with questions on;

  1. The law relating to hackney carriages and private hire vehicles and the Council’s licence conditions;
  2. Geographical areas in and around Charnwood, and
  3. Customer Care.

Please note temporary badges no longer exist and failure to renew in good time before your existing expiry date may result in you being unable to work and re-applying as a new driver. 

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Application process

Please ensure that your complete renewal application is received at least 10 working days prior to the expiry of your licence. We recommend that you do not leave your application to the last minute incase there are any unforseen issues that prevent your licence being issued.

Should drivers have concerns about their driver, vehicle or operator renewal applications they are encouraged to contact licensing to discuss these concerns in plenty of time.

 A complete application consists of the documents below:

Application form: All drivers must apply for a renewal licence when due and in good time of the expiry date. Failure to do so may result in your current badge expiring, being unable to work and reapplying as a new driver. Please also bring one passport photograph.

Right to licence: This will be a pink form included in your application pack. No licence will be granted or accepted until you have proved that you have a right to licence in the UK.

Certificate of good conduct (if required): A certificate of good conduct is required for all applicants who have lived in a different country before entering the UK (after the age of 10 years old), and involves a background check of the applicant.

DVLA mandate: At this stage in the process you will be expected to produce a valid DVLA licence and utility bill if your address is not the same as that on your licence, in which case you will also need to complete a change of address form.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS): It is your responsibility to produce your current original DBS certificate to Licensing, within 3 months of the issue date. A current DBS certificate must be produced before your current Charnwood Borough Council driver licence expires. We recommend you apply for your DBS at least six weeks before your driver licence renewal is due, otherwise you will be unable to work. 

With the introduction of General Data Protection Regulations in May 2018, DBS have introduced a new privacy policy - DBS privacy policy on A copy of this will be enclosed as part of the DBS application form. You need to have read and signed the declaration to say that you have read it prior to submitting your DBS application form. The declaration is to be submitted with the DBS application. If no declaration is enclosed, you will be asked to read the DBS Privacy Policy whilst with an Advisor and sign the declaration to state that you have done so.

For more information read the document and follow the links below:

What is the DBS Update Service?

The Update Service is an online subscription service that lets you keep your enhanced DBS certificate up-to-date online enabling the Licensing Service to check your certificate online, with your consent. This removes the need to apply for a DBS certificate every 3 years upon renewal of your Charnwood Borough Council driver licence expiry.

Registration lasts for one year. The service costs £13 per year and starts from the date your DBS certificate was issued.

Benefits of joining:

  • Saves you time and money
  • You can take your DBS certificate from role to role (if within the same workforce, where the same type and level of check is required)
  • The Licensing Service or an employer can carry out an instant online status check on the DBS certificate that is linked to your subscription
  • The service enhances safeguarding processes

How do I register with the DBS Update Service?

If you are joining the Update Service when you apply for a DBS certificate, or during the application process, you can join using your DBS application form reference number. This can be found in the top right-hand corner of the front page of the application form, or you can ask the person who submits your application for it.

If you join the Update Service using your application form reference number as mentioned above, your application must be received by the DBS within 28 days of you joining. When your DBS certificate is issued, we will then automatically add it to your account and your subscription to the service will be live.

You can also join the Update Service when you receive your DBS certificate, by using your certificate number. If you choose to do this, you must join the Update Service within 30 days of the ‘date of issue’ displayed on your certificate.

Further information can be found on the website.

Group 2 medical certificate: A Group 2 medical must be taken and produced before the expiry of your current licence. Such certification must be less than three months old.

Once complete you will need to submit your application in person at our Customer Service Centre. An appointment system is in operation so be sure to make an appointment prior to attending, by calling 01509 634562.

Where you need to apply to a third party for information e.g. DBS, Medical etc. then please make sure you do so in good time for the reports to be available when you submit your renewal application.

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