DBS, DVLA and medical checks

DBS, DVLA and medical checks

New drivers will need to undertake an Enhanced DBS, DVLA and medical check when they first apply.  You'll need to repeat the Enhanced 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 an Enhanced 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 Enhanced DBS certificate, you must return these to us before renewing online.

You can bring the original Enhanced DBS certificate to a Citizen Service Point for us to photocopy, or post the original certificate to us at:

PO Box 3399 (Licensing Team), Bristol, BS1 9NE. 

We'll send your certificate back.

Enhanced 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.

Find out more about DBS checks on GOV.UK

You'll be sent renewal reminders 3 months before their current driver’s licence expires which will contain all the relevant forms required.

Alternatively, DBS application forms can be picked up from the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street.

To make your enhanced DBS application you will need to come to the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street with the following:

  • Your completed DBS application form.
  • 3 forms of ID. Check the GOV.UK website for acceptable forms of ID. If you do not bring the correct ID, we will not be able to send off your application.
  • The fee of £49.50.

You must read the DBS privacy policy on GOV.UK before you submit your DBS check application. We'll ask you to sign a declaration to say you've read this.

Once your application has been received by the DBS service, you will be able to use your form reference number to track your DBS application.

DVLA check

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, 394KB) (opens new window) which gives us permission to check your driving licence.

DVLA checks cost £9 

Medical examination

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 driver medical examination report (pdf, 439KB) (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. 

If you want someone else to discuss your application

If you want someone else to discuss your application or licence with us on your behalf, you’ll need to give us written permission.