Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

For the latest information regarding licensing, please see our dedicated Advice for new applicants and current licence holders page.

Our licensing office is closed to the public but we are operating a service remotely.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.falkirk.gov.uk/covid19

From 01 December 2016 if you want to be a private hire car driver, you need to prove that you have the right to work in the UK.

Once you have made your application, we will ask you to attend at our office for a short interview and you will need to bring your original documentation to show that you have the right to work in the UK. We will tell you what documentation you can use before the interview.

If your right to work in the UK is time limited, then your private hire car 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. Please contact us to make an appointment to come into the 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 the Falkirk Council area, either employed or self-employed, you need a licence. A private hire car driver licence allows you to drive a private hire car.

If you wish to operate a vehicle as a taxi or private hire car, a separate licence known as a Taxi Operator Licence or Private Hire Car Operator Licence is required.

If you are applying for a new Private Hire Car Driver Licence the licence will be granted for a period of 1 year.

If you are applying to renew a Private Hire Car Driver Licence you have the choice of applying for a 1 or a 3-year licence.


How to apply

Application forms are available for download:

Application form for a new taxi or private hire car drivers licence
Application form for renewal of a taxi or private hire car driver licence
Application form for wheelchair or guide dog exemption

You can also get an application form by contacting us: