Taxi CarThe Licensing Authority
We have a statutory duty to licence vehicles and drivers who wish to become members of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade within the district of St Albans.

These powers are granted under two Acts:

    • Town Police Clauses Act 1847
    • Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

Types of licence
    • drivers
    • vehicles
    • operators

Application packs
You can download the application packs from this page using the links in the downloads section. The driver application requires the completion of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application form, that is only issued by ringing the Licensing Section at St Albans Council on: 01727 296125.

Drivers
The drivers licence is commonly referred to as the 'badge'. This will only be issued to drivers who have met the licensing criteria laid out in the 'Drivers Application Pack'. A licence is issued for a period of 3 years or less.

Vehicle
The vehicle licence is normally referred to as a 'plate'. The 'Vehicle Application Pack' details the criteria vehicles must comply with to be licensed. A licence is issued for a period of 1 year or less.

Operator
The operator licence is issued to an individual or company that offers a service of pre-booking fares. This can be done by telephone or by application form and is relevant for both hackney carriage and private hire companies / drivers. A licence is issued for 1 year.

Please note appointment days are only on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Contact Details

Licensing Authority, St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Herts AL1 3JE. Tel: 01727 296125. Fax: 01727 819433. Email: licensing@stalbans.gov.uk

Date of last review: 14 August 2015