Disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificates

All convictions, irrespective of age, remain "live" for the purpose of a hackney carriage or private hire drivers licence as these are exempt from the concept of "spent" convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions Order) 1975. In practice this means that all convictions will be taken into consideration when determining whether you are a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

If you have convictions, your application may be determined by the General Licensing Sub Committee. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has a policy statement on guidelines to convictions which includes a statement of policy about relevant convictions, and you can refer to this for guidance. You must declare any criminal convictions (including motoring offences), You must also declare if you are currently being investigated by any authority, enforcement agency or the police.

Applicants will be required to subscribe to the DBS Update Service and maintain that service for the life of the private hire/hackney carriage driver's licence. You will need to provide evidence with your application that you have subscribed to the update service and you will need to provide the unique update reference number given to you.

In order to apply for your DBS certificate please read the privacy policy, complete the ID verification form (see the Documents section below) and present it in person to the Town Hall reception with the following documents passport, driving licence, and proof of address i.e. utility bill, council tax bill or bank statement - all dated within the last 3 months.

The fee will be required, card payments only can be accepted.