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Find out how to apply for a Taxi Licence

Licences are required for Taxi Drivers, Taxi Operators, Vehicles (Hackney Carriage, Private Hire, or Pedicab), and Horse & Cart.

Information on the different types of Taxi Licence applications can be found in the drop down list below. 

 

New/Renewal Driver Application

You will require an appointment for an interview with the Licensing Manager to discuss the Taxi Policy and Handbook, where you will also receive any necessary forms and information to enable you to apply for a taxi driver licence. Please contact this office by phone or email to arrange an appointment.

Renewal Driver under new Taxi Policy and Handbook effective 1st July 2012 - 1 or 3 year licence

  • Driver Application Form (Word),
  • Original DVLA Driving Licence, with current address (if photographic licence held just the photocard required),
  • 1 passport sized photo,
  • Group 2 Medical Report - (required every 6 years from previous Group 2 medical report issue date). Please take both the following forms to your medical practitioner.
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS) (formally known as CRB) - (required every 3 years from previous DBS certificate issue date)
  • Appropriate fee refer to Taxi Licensing Fees and Charges at the top of this page.

Change of Name (e.g by deed poll or marriage)

Please notify the Licensing Team in writing of any changes to your name and/or address in order for the correct information to be shown on your licence. You will only be charged if your badge needs to be redone, see licensing fees and charges above for the current cost. The following information should be enclosed with your letter (original documents):

  • Change of name – marriage certificate or other change of name certificate
  • Change of address – updated DVLA driving licenc
  • Appropriate fee - refer to Taxi Licensing Fees and Charges 

Change of Home Address

  • Original DVLA Driving Licence, with new address (if photographic licence held just the photocard required),
  • Appropriate fee refer to Taxi Licensing Fees and Charges at the top of this page.

Private Hire Vehicle Application - New or Renewal

For a valid application we require ALL the following forms/documentation for the application to be processed. Incomplete applications will be returned.

  • Private Hire Vehicles New/Renewal Application Form (word)
  • MOT Certificate for private hire vehicles if at least 3 years old  - no longer required if issued with the new receipt style MOT from October 2011. Instead details of MOT Test Number and/or Document Reference Number from V5C registration certificate are requested on application form
  • Vehicle Registration Document
  • Current Insurance Certificate
  • Vehicle Inspection Report (passed) 

 

Hackney Carriage Vehicle - New or Renewal

  • Hackney Carriage Vehicles New/Renewal Application Form (word)
  • MOT Certificate for hackney carriage vehicles if at least 1 year old - no longer required if issued with the new receipt style MOT from October 2011. Instead details of MOT Test Number and/or Document Reference Number from V5C registration certificate are requested on application form
  • Vehicle Registration Document
  • Current Insurance Certificate
  • Vehicle Inspection Report (passed)  

Pedicab/Tuk-Tuk - New or Renewal

Private Hire Or Hackney Carriage Vehicles Variation Application

Please complete the variation application form for any of the following changes:

  • Change from Hackney Carriage to Private Hire
  • Change of registration number, no change to the vehicle
  • Change of Operator details

The above changes to a vehicle DO NOT require the vehicle to undergo a Vehicle Inspection test.

  • Change from Private Hire to Hackney Carriage ( meter test required only)
  • Modification(s) of vehicle

The above changes to a vehicle DO require the vehicle to undergo a Vehicle Inspection test prior to issue of the licence and at an additional cost. This charge is payable at time of application and at cost price.

You can view the framework process for vehicle variation applications here.

See the licensing fees document the current cost.


Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle Licences are no longer transferable to new vehicles. A new licence will be required.

New Operator - Private Hire or Hackney Carriage

For a valid application we require ALL the following forms/documentation in order for the application to be processed. Incomplete applications will be returned.

  • Operator New/Renewal Application Form (PDF) 
  • Planning Permission Decision Notice or confirmation from Planning that permission not required 
  • Public Liability Insurance if public have access to operator office,

Renewal Operator - Private Hire

Horse & Cart New or Renewal Application

Guidance Notes for assistance with forms

Transfer Application - Change of Owner, Cart, Horse, or Additional Horse

Please complete the transfer application form for any of the following changes:

  • Change of cart
  • Addition/removal of horse(s)
  • Cart involved in an accident and a temporary cart is provided by your insurance company – payment for transfer to temporary cart and back to the original cart will be required (2 x transfer fees)

See the licensing fees for the current cost.


Guidance Notes for assistance with forms