National Register of Taxi and Private Hire Licence Refusals and Revocations (NR3s)

On 22nd April 2022, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council took the decision to provide information to the National Register of Taxi and Private Hire Licence Refusals and Revocations (NR3s).  This register is a mechanism for Licensing Authorities to share details of individuals who have had a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Drivers licence application refused or an existing licence revoked. Further changes to the information to be shared will come into force later this year under the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022.

All new and renewal driver applications received by the Licensing Authority will be checked against the register as part of assessing whether the applicant is fit and proper to hold a driver licence. In the event that the Licensing Authority either refuses or revokes a driver licence, this information will be recorded on the NR3 Register. 
The Information recorded on the NR3 Register will be limited to:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address and Contact details
  • National Insurance Number
  • Driver Licence Number
  • Decision Taken
  • Date of Decision
  • Date the Decision is effective from

Information will be retained on the NR3 Register for a period of 25 years.

The Licensing Authority has published a policy on the approach it will take to requests received from other Local Authorities for further information.  Information requests will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  Any searches, provision or receipt of information of or under NR3 are necessary to the Licensing Authority’s statutory function of ensuring that all drivers are fit and proper to hold a licence.  It is not intended that any NR3 data will be transferred out of the United Kingdom.  If you wish to raise any issue related to the data protection legislation, including by relying on any of the rights afforded to data subjects under the GDPR, you can do so to the authority’s Data Protection Officer at This includes submitting a subject access request.

You have the right to make a complaint to the information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  Advice on how to raise a concern about handling of data can be found on the ICO’s website.  The ICO can be contacted by calling 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545 745 or email

Read the NR3 Data Processing Policy