FAQ: Do Uber Drivers Require DBS Checks?

Even though Uber drivers are (sort-of) self-employed, you can’t drive for Uber without a Private Hire Vehicle licence (PHV) – and one of the requirements to get a PHV licence is an Enhanced DBS check!

Do Uber Drivers Require DBS Checks? – Dealing With The Council

However, there’s no way of requesting an Enhanced DBS check for yourself, so you’ll have to get one via the local council you’re applying for your PVH licence with.

Unfortunately, what often happens is that the council will charge you an extortionate DBS fee, because they know you need the licence and they’re the only ones who can issue it.

FAQ: Do Uber Drivers Require DBS Checks?

For example, here at Aaron’s Department we offer employers an Enhanced DBS check for £38 in DBS fees (which goes straight to the government, not us) and £10.95 – as low as £6.26 if they need a lot of checks. But our local council has been known to charge drivers over £80 for DBS checks, and won’t accept checks done elsewhere.

The council may also want to regularly renew your DBS check, usually once every 1–3 years, which involves paying for a new one.

Do Uber Drivers Require DBS Checks? – What Can Be Done?

Unfortunately, nothing can be done to avoid this. If you want to drive for Uber and need a DBS check, you’ll simply have to pay whatever is asked of you. Each council operates independently, so let’s hope yours isn’t too expensive.

FAQ: Do Uber Drivers Require DBS Checks?

Summary: Do Uber Drivers Require DBS Checks?

To answer the question, Do Uber drivers require a DBS check? Uber drivers do require a DBS check to attain their PHV licence, and it is typically provided by the council who will be issuing the PHV licence.

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FAQ: Do Uber Drivers Require DBS Checks?

Matthew Dugdale

Matthew is our go-to when it comes to all things related to Recruitment & DBS checks. His experience and expertise helps make sure that everyone gets the correct level of check.


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