Get your taxi badge in Sefton

How to become a Sefton licensed private hire driver

Step 1: Book an appointment and attend

Applicants must attend a Sefton One Stop Shop with:

  • Your full driving licence [DVLA, EEC or Northern Irish] or your old-style paper licence. You must have held a licence for at least 12 months
  • Two other documents from either Group 1 or Group 2 (as described for a Disclosure and Barring Service check) Follow link for info.
  • A full list of all the addresses you have lived at in the last 5 years without any gaps
  • Details of your doctor. You will require a DVLA Group II standard medical. This can be completed by your own registered GP or a GP who has access to your medical records
  • Your fees for the DBS check – £49.00 and DVLA referral – £1.00

One Stop Shop locations:

  • Bootle – 324 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3ET (Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
  • Southport – Cambridge Arcade, Southport (Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Step 2: Get booked onto an Alpha Taxi Training course

  • Call the Alpha Driver Recruitment team on 0151 545 2028 to find out about the next course start dates and times.
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate – Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver.
  • The course cost is £300.

Step 3: Attend a Group II Medical

  • This can be completed by your own registered GP or a GP who has access to your medical records.

Step 4: Attend all course sessions

  • Once you have completed the course and passed all modules you can attend a BTEC Certificate presentation at our head office, Alpha Taxis, 6 Childwall Fiveways, Liverpool, L15 6YB
  • Please note, this will be a temporary certificate until the original is posted. You will be able to use the temporary certificate to take out your badge until your official qualification certificate is posted out to you. This is normally within 12 weeks of completion.

Step 5: Arrange Street Knowledge Test

  • Telephone 0345 1400845 in order to book an appointment or visit a Sefton One Stop Shop.

Step 6: Check your Itinerary and visit the one stop shop to take out your licence

You should now have:

  • Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • Temporary Course Certificate
  • Driving Licence/Passport (Photo ID)
  • Group 2 Taxi Medical
  • New Drivers licence fee (maximum 3 year) – £71.00

Final Stage: Get driving and earning!

  • Start with Alpha and benefit to work with Liverpool’s leading private hire taxi company!
  • We can also arrange a licenced Alpha fleet rental car for you provided by us if require one. For information call our Fleet on 0151 487 8158 or Steven on 0794 0477560.