Applications for a Licence to Drive a Private Hire Vehicle will only be processed when an applicant has undertaken the one day training and assessment course.

This course is operated by Worcestershire County Council.

The driver assessment process consists of the following subject areas:

  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • CSE awareness
  • Modern Slavery
  • County lines
  • Face to face English assessment (followed by a recorded interview where there are any concerns)
  • Licence conditions
  • Vehicle conditions
  • The licensing process
  • Enforcement and compliance
  • Plying for hire
  • The Health Act 2006
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Customer safety
  • Customer care
  • Disability Awareness (Equality Act 2010)
  • Road and passenger safety
  • Personal safety

The course lasts approximately 6 hours and applicants must sit and pass a written multiple-choice test following the training, 75% correct is required to pass.

Both the course and the test are only available in English.  No translation or interpretation of the training or test is available.

Private Hire Driver Training Programme

If you wish to book a Private Hire Assessment Course, you will need to book it via the following link:

Book a Private Hire Assessment Course

Please see the cost(s) below:

1st attempt 2nd attempt (resit) 3rd attempt
£40 £15 £40

Alternatively, call 01905 843000

If you made your Private Hire application before you completed the training programme, you need to tell us when you have passed.

Please email

Hackney Carriage Driver Training

Part 1: Hackney Carriage Driver Knowledge Test

Please see the cost(s) below:

1st attempt 2nd attempt (resit) 3rd attempt
£40 £15 £40

Part 2: Hackney Carriage Practical Driving Assessment

Cost: £79

You need to provide your own vehicle, which must be one of the following:

  • Citroën - Dispatch Combi, Dispatch HDI 120 9-S, Dispatch L2 H1 Level 2, Euro, L7, Relay L3 H2, SVA Taxi
  • Fiat - Eurocab, Scudo, TW200,
  • Ford - Voyager VTC8, Procab, Tourneo Custom
  • LTI – TX1, TX2, TX4,
  • Mercedes - MX7, Vito
  • Nissan - Primastar, Voyager
  • Peugeot - Boxer 290, E7, E7 SE, LC7
  • Volkswagen - T5 Shuttle SE SWB 10

If you wish to book a Hackney Carriage Assessment Course or Practical Test, please call Worcestershire County Council on 01905 843000 to arrange this.

What do I need to bring with me to my training programme?

You must bring the following when attending your training programme:

  • your original photocard DVLA driving licence
  • proof of your National Insurance number (Go to to get your NI number)
  • a copy of your booking email - for the trainer to check