DBS, DVLA and medical checks
New drivers will need to undertake a DBS, DVLA and medical check when they first apply. You'll need to repeat the DBS and DVLA checks every three years.
In most cases we'll try and tell you when you’re due to carry out any of these checks so that you’re able to do so before your licence expires.
However we would advise that you take note of when your checks are due.
If you are due a DBS check, medical check or DVLA check, you need to complete these before your licence expires, or we may not be able to renew your licence.
If you have completed a DVLA or medical check or received your DBS certificate, you must return these to us before renewing online.
You can bring the original DBS certificate to a Citizen Service Point for us to photocopy, or post the original certificate to us at PO Box 3176 (Licensing Team), Bristol, BS3 9FS. We'll send your certificate back.
DBS check (previously CRB check)
As a private hire or taxi driver you’ll need to undertake a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) every three years. This is to ensure that you have no criminal convictions that would prevent you from operating as a driver.
We need to check your driver’s licence with the DVLA every three years. This will tell us when your licence expires, whether you have any endorsements (or points), and if you’ve been disqualified.
To do this we need you to fill in a DVLA mandate (pdf, 2.9MB) (opens new window) which gives us permission to check your driving licence.
You undergo a medical examination when you first apply to become a taxi driver. This is repeated when you turn 45 years old and once more every five years after that until you're 65, when you'll need to start taking one each year.
Take the taxi vehicle medical examination report (pdf, 197k) (opens new window) to your doctor for completion. Please note the doctor completing the medical must work at your registered doctors surgery.
This examination confirms that you’re fit and healthy and able to drive a taxi vehicle.