top of page

Knowsley Council Taxi & Private Hire Badge Application Process

Knowsley MB Council


Becoming a licensed taxi or private hire driver with Knowsley Council is a significant step toward a rewarding and vital profession in the transportation industry. To provide safe and reliable services to passengers, drivers are required to obtain the necessary licensing, which includes a Knowsley Council Taxi & Private Hire badge. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process involved in applying for a Knowsley Council Taxi & Private Hire badge, ensuring that you're well-prepared to embark on this journey.

The Application Process:

Obtaining a Knowsley Council Taxi & Private Hire badge involves several steps:

1. Eligibility Check

Before applying, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria set by Knowsley Council. This typically includes:

  • Holding a full and valid UK driver's license.

  • Meeting age requirements.

  • Passing a background check, which may include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

2. Medical Assessment

Knowsley Council requires all taxi and private hire drivers to undergo a medical assessment to ensure they are fit to drive and transport passengers safely. This assessment checks for various health conditions, including eyesight, hearing, and general physical health. You may need to visit a designated medical provider, such as Medicals Northwest, to complete this assessment.

For the medical assessment component, consider partnering with Medicals Northwest. We specialise in providing comprehensive and affordable taxi driver medical assessments. Our experienced medical professionals will ensure you meet the health criteria set by Knowsley Council.

3. Application Submission

Gather all the necessary documentation, including your driver's license, passport-sized photos, proof of right to work in the UK, proof of residency, and the completed application form. Submit your application to Knowsley Council, paying any required fees. See below for list of documents required for application.

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate

  • British or Irish passport or UK or Irish birth certificate or proof of your right to work and reside in the United Kingdom

  • Front of your current Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) photocard licence.

  • A current colour passport style photograph of you.

  • A satisfactory current Group ll DVLA standard medical. Call us today to complete this step.

  • VRQ Level 2 in Transporting Passengers by Taxi & Private Hire

  • Certificate of good conduct.

  • HMRC tax code.

4. Vehicle Requirements

If you plan to use your own vehicle for taxi or private hire services, ensure it complies with Knowsley Council's vehicle standards. This may include regular safety checks and inspections.

5. Background Checks

Knowsley Council will conduct thorough background checks, which may include a DBS check. It's essential to have a clean record to obtain the badge.

6. Training

Some areas may require you to complete training in areas such as safeguarding, disability awareness, and customer service. Make sure you fulfil any mandatory training requirements.

Obtaining your Knowsley Council Taxi & Private Hire badge involves several steps, including eligibility checks, medical assessments, application submission, vehicle compliance, background checks, and potentially, mandatory training. This badge signifies your commitment to providing safe and reliable transportation services to the community. For the medical assessment part, Medicals Northwest is here to support you in meeting Knowsley Council's health requirements, ensuring you're ready to embark on your journey as a licensed driver.


bottom of page