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Tax checks for licence holders come into effect Published Date: 03/04/2022

From 4 April 2022, the rules are changing for applications for:

  • taxi driver licences
  • private hire driver licences
  • private hire vehicle operator licences
  • scrap metal site licences
  • scrap metal collector licences

Licensing authorities must carry out extra checks if an individual, company or any type of partnership applies for a licence:

  • for the first time
  • of the same type they have already held but which has not been valid for a year or more

Read the get tax check confirmation guidance if the applicant:

  • already has a licence of the same type that is still valid
  • has a licence of the same type that ceased to be valid less than a year ago

First-time applicants must give you confirmation that they are aware of the guidance about their tax obligations.

If the applicant is a partner in a partnership, they can give confirmation on behalf of all the other partners.

If the confirmation is not included with their application you must ask them for it.

You can only grant or refuse an application after the applicant has confirmed they are aware of the guidance.

You must keep a record of when you received the applicant’s confirmation. You may want to keep it for the same length of time you keep their licence application.