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Renew a Driver's Licence

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.  Licensing fully recommend you read the Policy in full prior to booking a test.

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. 


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 must be produced before your current licence expires. We recommend you apply for your DBS at least six weeks before your licence renewal is due, otherwise you will be unable to work. 

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.


Safeguarding Awareness Training

As part of the new Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Policy, all new and existing drivers will need to attend Safeguarding Awareness Training.

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