If you are a taxi or private hire driver, you need to apply to us for a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licence.
- A Hackney Carriage Licence means you can pick up passengers on the street or at a taxi rank. You can also accept pre-booked fares.
- A Private Hire Licence means you can only accept pre-booked work
What sort of vehicle do I have to have?
- Your vehicle must be the right sort of size and design
- It can carry up to eight passengers (excluding driver)
- It must have a current MOT certificate from any approved MOT testing station
- To make sure your vehicle is fit for use, your vehicle will need an additional inspection from our appointed garage
- For new applications, your vehicle must be less than five years old
- You can continue to licence your vehicle for a maximum of 10 years
How do I apply for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Licence?
There are two stages and it can take up to 10 working days. Licences are then valid for 12 months.
- Current insurance certificate
- Vehicle registration document
- Proof of ownership of vehicle e.g. purchase invoice, lease agreement etc.
- Current MOT certificate
Once we have received your application, you’ll need to make an appointment to take your vehicle to our appointed garage to be inspected.
Once Stage one and Stage two are complete, we will contact you with a date and time for you to collect your licence and plates. If you are unable to collect your licence and plates we will post them to you.
- Vehicle application form (online form)
- Guidance notes for vehicle licensing application (PDF, 4 pages, 45kb)
- Taxi and private hire licensing policy (PDF, 56 pages, 612kb)
What if I want to replace my vehicle, or change something?
Change of details
You must tell us within seven days of any change.
Changing your vehicle registration number
If you are changing the registration number of your vehicle, you must write to us and provide the following:
- V5 registration document
- V948 number plate authorisation certificate
- Current vehicle licence
- Current vehicle plate
- Insurance certificate showing new registration
Can I advertise in my vehicle?
If you want to put an advert in or on your vehicle, you will need permission from us first.
COVID-19 temporary protective screens
To reduce the COVID-19 infection risk operators and drivers are permitted to install protective screens between the front seats and the rear cabin area of their licensed vehicle(s). This is on a temporary basis provided they meet the following criteria:
- Be clear, transparent and capable of being cleaned;
- Be temporary and not have a solid frame to the screen;
- Be fitted safely and securely by way of Velcro or other adhesive fastenings which can be removed from the vehicle when the screens are no longer required;
- Be fitted in such a way so as to not affect the structural integrity of the vehicle, or interfere with any manufacturer fitted safety equipment e.g. airbags;
- Only create a partition between the front seats and the rear cabin area of the vehicle.
If any driver wishes to fit a temporary protective screen in their vehicle, they must:
- Notify the Licensing Team of their intention to fit a protective screen by emailing email@example.com
- Agree to remove the protective screen within a maximum of 21 days after the current social distancing restrictions relating to COVID- 19 have been removed.