Anyone applying for a licence, or to have their licence renewed, must prove that their immigration status doesn't stop them from holding a licence. You can do this by submitting to us (in person) one of a number of acceptable documents which show that you have permission to be in the UK and work as a driver. Your application will be refused if you don't provide this evidence.
The Home Office, via the UK Border Agency, has compiled a list of documents which prove that someone has the right to remain and work (RTW) in the UK.
You'll need to provide one document from List A, which shows an ongoing RTW in the UK. If you don't have a document from List A, you must provide relevant documents from List B. These documents will show restrictions on RTW in the UK.
View the documents in List A and List B, and guidance notes
If you produce acceptable documents from List A and you're subsequently granted a licence, we won't need to carry out any further checks when you apply to renew your licence.
If you provide a document from List B to prove your RTW in the UK then your licence will only be valid until the expiry date on the document. When the document expires, you'll need to provide further documentation showing that you're allowed to keep working in the UK if you want to renew your licence.
Sometimes we might need the Home Office to verify your RTW because:
- you've provided a Certificate of Application which is less than six months old and indicates that work is permitted
- you've not provided acceptable documents because you have an outstanding application for permission to be in the UK, or your appeal or administrative review is pending.
In these cases, we'll give you a licence which will last for six months from the date of the decision, providing we have confirmation of your immigration status.
You must bring us your RTW documents in person, and they must be original copies; we won't accept photocopies, scans, or faxes. You'll need to make an appointment with a Licensing officer to provide these documents. We'll take copies and keep these in the file we hold about you.
All applicants must comply with the RTW policy and provide the necessary documentation to us.
A licence will lapse when the holder no longer has permission to be in the UK.
It's illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnicity, or nationality, and we'll never make assumptions about anyone's RTW in the UK based on their background, appearance, or accent.