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.

The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) has had a significant impact on the processing of licence applications. If you require to communicate with the Licensing Team, please do so by email to the following address:-

licensingservices@westlothian.gov.uk

Email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis.

We are working to identify temporary changes to licensing processes. Further updates will be provided on this page as soon as possible.

If you are an event organiser you should note that when possible applicants will be able to email amended applications for events which have been postponed due to Covid-19 as long as the details of the event remain exactly the same and only the event date is changing, any other changes to event details will require a new application to be submitted in the usual manner. 

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?

How do I apply to renew my existing 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