New drivers

Download our leaflet, How to apply for a licence to be a private hire or hackney carriage driver (pdf)

Apply for a basic English and numeracy test

(You will need a valid credit or debit card)

We are unable to provide dates for the next knowledge test at the moment, we will give the dates here as soon as we have more information. 

You must provide a valid email address and check your junk mail settings. When we receive your application we will email you with details of where and when the test will take place. 

Please bring these items to the test: 

  1. A recent passport sized photograph
  2. DVLA driving licence
  3. Photographic identification if you have an old style driving licence, e.g. passport, valid residence permit 

If you don't bring these items you will not be allowed to sit the test and will be placed back on the waiting list, delaying the procedure for obtaining your licence. 

Before the test please make sure you read:  

The Guidance Notes for New Licensed Drivers give information about what to expect and what happens once you have taken the test. 

Medical examination

  • New applicants must have a medical examination by a doctor (GP) who has access to all of the applicant’s medical history
  • Applicants must pass the Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Knowledge test before submitting the medical form
  • Applicants should discuss any motoring or criminal convictions which may result in the licence being refused before completing the medical examination as Newport City Council will not refund any medical fee.

Download the taxi driver medical report form (pdf) 

>>Information for existing drivers<<