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Dual Use Driver's Licence

If you want to a drive a taxi or private hire vehicle in the Mendip area you need to apply to us for a dual use driver's licence.

We issue one driver's licence that allows you to drive both taxis and private hire vehicles licensed with us. Licences are issued for 3 years.

To apply for this type of licence, you must have held a full GB DVLA drivers licence for at least 12 months.

Taxi and Private Hire Policy

Please visit the Taxi and Private Hire Information section for further information on the Taxi Policy.

Applying for a licence

You will need to successfully complete a Knowledge Test, Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Taxi Test or the Mendip Equivalent of the DVSA Test, and if you live outside of the Mendip area an Out of Area Assessment. Applicants who successfully pass the Out of Area Assessment will be invited to attend the Knowledge Test.

The next available dates for the Knowledge Test and Out of Area Assessment are listed below. Unless otherwise stated, all tests are held at the Council Offices. Please contact us to receive an information pack about the tests. If you choose to download the Knowledge Test applicant letter, please contact us so that we can post you the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure form.

Table of test dates
Knowledge Test datesOut of Area Assessment dates

Please arrive 15 minutes early

15:00 pm Wednesday 12th September 2018

10:00 am Wednesday 10th October 2018

10:00 Tuesday 6th November 2018

Please arrive 15 minutes early

14:30 pm Wednesday 12th September 2018

09:30 am Wednesday 10th October 2018

09:30 am Tuesday 6th November 2018

pdf icon Knowledge Test applicant letter [635kb]

pdf icon Out of Area Applicant letter [185kb]

Knowledge Test

 When you attend the Knowledge Test, you will need to bring with you:

  • A completed pdf icon Dual Use Driver Badge Application form [225kb] which will include the details of 2 named referees who can provide a character reference for you;
  • The Dual Use Driver's Licence application fee. This can be paid by cheque or postal order made payable to Mendip District Council;
  • Your DVLA photo card driving licence (original only) showing your current address.

The following documents are not required when you attend the Knowledge Test, but they are required as part of the Dual Use Drivers Licence application. If you are able to submit them at the time of your test it will speed up the application process.

Last modified: 06 September 2018