Private hire vehicles and their drivers need to be licensed by us.

Private hire vehicles must be booked in advance through an operator and cannot stand on taxi ranks or be hailed in the street. Private hire vehicles are not insured if the journey is not pre-booked through an operator.

Private hire vehicles are sometimes fitted with a meter but, in most cases, the cost of the journey is quoted and accepted at the time of booking. If the vehicle is fitted with a meter, then it must display a table of fares and provide us with a copy.

Vehicles are tested annually. If they pass the test they will be licensed to carry a certain number of passengers - the maximum number permitted is shown on the plate attached to the rear of the vehicle.

Further information on the requirements for private hire vehicle licensing can be found in the Schedule of Conditions of Licence.

How do I apply?

Complete and return the application form and pay the relevant fee. We will then arrange an appointment for your vehicle to be tested at our current testing centre.

Apply for or Renew a Licence
Insurance Replacement Vehicle Form

Licences are valid for 12 months (three months for replacement vehicle licences).


The application fee for new licences or renewals is £246.

Does tacit consent apply?

No. For public safety reasons we must process your application before it can be granted.