Taxi Licensing

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle

To get a vehicle licensed you must first decide whether the vehicle that you are going to drive is to be a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle. A private hire vehicle can only be used for pre-booked journeys and a Private Hire Operator licence is also needed. Hackney carriage vehicles are able to take bookings and can also use taxi ranks.

You will need to fill out the appropriate application form and present the following in support of your application:

  • The Registration Document - you will need to produce the original so that a photocopy can be taken.
  • Insurance Certificate/Cover Note - your original document must be produced so that a photocopy can be taken. The insurance must be for driving a taxi/private hire vehicle and cover must start, at the latest, from the date and time on which the vehicle is being tested.
  • Meter calibration certificate.
  • The full fee - until you have paid the appropriate fee in full you will not be able to book your vehicle in for a test.

How do I get an appointment for my vehicle to be inspected?

Once all your documents and payment have been received and are in order a member of the Licensing team will arrange an appointment for you to attend the council’s MOT centre. Appointments are subject to availability and are beyond the control of the Licensing team.

How long does the process take?

The Licensing Team will deal with your completed application as quickly as it can, normally within 28 working days.


ID: 2070, revised 01/02/2023