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Private Hire And Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licences

Licence Summary

Vehicles to be used for public or private hire purposes must be licensed by the local authority and can only be driven by licensed hackney carriage or private hire drivers.

A private hire business must also have an operator licence. Vehicles are required to meet certain standards e.g. colour, emissions, seating capacities etc., for further information see our Licensing Policy in the guidance notes section below.

Private Hire Operator Licences


Regulation Summary

Copies of the relevant legislation can be found at the following links:

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

The Town Police Clause Act 1847


Vehicle Renewals

You can now complete your renewal form online and email to us with a valid insurance certificate to [email protected]. You can also call the licensing service direct to make a payment on 01642 524802.

Vehicle License Renewal Application


Application Process

See our Licensing Fees and Charges webpage for a full list of application fees.

Applications will be accepted at the Customer Service Centre by appointment only. To arrange an appointment please telephone 01642 528560. If more than one application is to be submitted please inform the Customer Services Officer when arranging your appointment, so that sufficient time can be allocated.

Applications must be submitted with an Insurance Certificate, an MOT Certificate (if applicable), the DVLA Registration Document (V5) showing the applicants correct name and address and the appropriate fee.

Vehicles that have been deemed to be an insurance “write off” (i.e. in accident damage category A, B, C, or S) and/or endorsed as being “accident damaged” on their V5 document will not be licensed.

Vehicles must be appropriate for use as a licensed vehicle. Please note Hackney Carriage Vehicles must be black. Private Hire Vehicles may be any colour other than black, and not of such design and appearance to lead any person to believe that the vehicle is a Hackney Carriage. If the vehicle you wish to licence is not of a type already licensed by this Authority you must inform this office so that arrangements can be made to check the suitability of the proposed vehicle.

Your vehicle will require testing and must have valid road tax before a licence can be issued.

On receipt of your application we will check the details on the form and process it in a timely manner.

Vehicle licences are required to be renewed annually.


How To Apply

To apply for a licence, or notify us of any changes to your licence, please download and complete the appropriate forms below.

Application for a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

Application for Renewal of a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

Application for a Transfer of a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

Application to Place an Advertisement on a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicle

Application for Exemption from Displaying Plates and Signs

Application for Change of Vehicle Registration Mark (Cherished Plate)

Notification of Accident Damage to a Licensed Vehicle

Notification of Change of Address

Notification of a Criminal Conviction of a Vehicle Proprietor

Notification of a Lost or Stolen Vehicle Licence Plate

Private Hire Certification Form

Proprietorship Requisition Form

Notification of Returned Licence/Plates


Guidance Notes

To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below:

Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy

Guidance on Vehicle Requirements including Emission Standards

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