Taxi Driver's Licences

West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for taxi drivers. A taxi driver's licence entitles the holder to drive a taxi or a private hire car.

Guidance for assisting people with sight loss - taxis and PHCs

Wearing Of Face Coverings In Taxi And Private Hire Cars Mandatory From 22 June 2020


The current health crisis has had a significant impact on the processing of licensing applications, vehicle testing and medical assessments.

Vehicle testing for renewal and replacement vehicles

Online renewal applications

New hire car driver applications

Hire Car Driver Medicals


The Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.

Who can apply for a licence?

How do I apply for the grant of a taxi driver's licence?

Is a topographical test (knowledge) required as part of the application process?

Is a medical required as part of the application process?

Information when attending a medical

What happens if I fail a medical?

Will my application be subject to a right to work check?

What convictions must be declared?

How will my application be decided?

How long will my licence be granted for?

What are the standard conditions which will be applied if my licence is granted?

What if I want to vary any of the standard hire car conditions in relation to my taxi driver's licence?

What if my details change or I no longer wish to hold my licence?

Complaints about taxi drivers