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Contract Drivers

If you follow this simple procedure you can expect to become a licensed contract driver in a minimum of 10 working days.

There are three options that you can choose from in order to become a contract driver:

Option 1 - Existing St Helens licensed drivers

If you currently hold a hackney/private hire driver's licence with St Helens Council, you will automatically be eligible for the approved list of suppliers for transport. To obtain a contract driver's licence you will need to email us to book an appointment and provide the following items:

  • Your current DVLA driver's licence
  • A credit or debit card to pay the £10 fee for your licence  

Once your licence has been issued, you will have access to any forthcoming transport or contract work. The licence will last for a period of three years.

Option 2 - Becoming a licensed driver with St Helens Council

If you don't hold a hackney/private hire driver's licence with St Helens Council, you may prefer to become a licensed driver with us. Once you have obtained your hackney/private hire driver's licence, option 1 will then apply.

Option 3 - Licensed drivers from outside of St Helens, basic clearance and PSV drivers

If you hold a hackney/private hire driver's licence from outside St Helens, you can still obtain a contract driver's licence with us by emailing to book an appointment to start the application process.

If you do not hold a hackney/private hire driver's licence with another borough, you are still able to apply for a contract driver's licence with us by emailing to book an appointment to start the application process.

To this appointment you will need to bring the following documentation:

  • A completed medical form (the medical must be completed by your own GP or one who has full access to your medical records).
  • A DVLA mandate check code (this can be generated by visiting the DVLA website and inputting the following information: your DVLA driver's licence number, your National Insurance number and the postcode displayed on your licence).
  • Passport (if you don't have a passport, a birth certificate is required).
  • Proof of address (bank statement no more than three months old or a current council tax bill).
  • Residence card (if you are either not from the UK or are an EU National).
  • DVLA driver's licence.
  • Passport-sized photograph.

Please note: your licensing authority will be notified that you have obtained a contract driver's licence with St Helens Council (if applicable).

All information will be checked and processed within 10 working days. Once you have been cleared, you will be added to the approved list and will then have access to any forthcoming transport or contract work. Once the licence has been issued, you will receive a photographic identification card with your details on it and when the licence expires.

No reminders will be sent before the expiry date of the licence; it is your responsibility to renew in good time. Should you not renew your licence in time, you will be removed from the approved list and will no long be eligible for any future work.

Please note that if the documentation presented at the appointment is incomplete or requires clarification, this may affect the time frame for how long it takes to issue the licence. Should further appointments be required, the standard fees will apply.