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To operate your vehicle as a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV) you need to submit a Vehicle Licence Application Form (PDF Document, 0.12 Mb) and pay the relevant fee to obtain a licence. For assistance please refer to our Vehicle Licence Guidance Notes (PDF Document, 0.15 Mb).

All vehicles have to pass our Visual Inspection Criteria (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb). This is a visual inspection where one of our Licensing Officers will check the general condition of the vehicle. If the vehicle's bodywork is dented, scratched, has mismatched paintwork or a shabby interior the vehicle will need to be repaired and then return for another visual inspection. Once the vehicle passes the visual inspection it can be booked in for a mechanical vehicle test at our test centre. Your vehicle can not be licensed until it passes both of these tests.

We send out renewal reminders along with a Council Depot Vehicle Examination Appointment. However, you are encouraged to keep accurate records and contact us if a vehicle test is due.

In addition, it is mandatory for all Hackney Carriage Vehicles must be fitted with a taxi meter. We will not issue a taxi licence until a meter has been fitted and is programmed in accordance with the Hackney Carriage Fares (PDF Document, 0.14 Mb). However, it is not mandatory for Private Hire Vehicles to have a meter fitted.

It is important that you read and understand the following documents before submitting your application:

If you need to transfer the licence of a vehicle to a new owner you should submit a completed Vehicle Transfer Application Form (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb).

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