Hackney carriage

1. Apply for a new licence

New hackney carriage vehicle licences

To apply for a new hackney carriage vehicle licence you must contact us first. We've a limited number of 135 licences and no new licences are being issued at this time. If you'd like to be considered for a licence, email taxi.licensing@stockport.gov.uk and we'll put you on our waiting list. If a licence becomes available we'll let you know. You can apply for a new licence if you're an existing licensee and want to change a vehicle.

Before you apply for a licence

Check our approved hackney carriage vehicle list (PDF 10Kb)

If the vehicle you'd like to licence is not listed, contact taxi.licensing@stockport.gov.uk

To submit your application you'll need:

  • vehicle V5 log book - all pages
  • utility bill or bank statement, issued within the last 3 months, showing your current name and address
  • fully comprehensive insurance for Reward or Hire
  • where the vehicle has been modified you must provide evidence of individual vehicle approval from the DVLA or evidence that this is not needed

If you do not have the vehicle V5 log book, you'll also need:

  • a receipt on headed paper, or a hand written receipt clearly showing the stamp of the garage the vehicle was bought from
  • a bill of sale, if bought privately, from the old owner of the vehicle showing the name, address, phone number and signature of both the old and new owners
  • new keepers supplement from the V5 green slip

If you do not submit all the required documents, there may be a delay in your application.

Cost of licence

  • £192 - 1 year. This is non-refundable

Conditions, byelaws and advertising policy

After you've submitted your application you must:

As the holder of a licensed hackney carriage vehicle you must make sure that:

  • your vehicle is always capable of passing it's taxi vehicle test. If your vehicle fails it's test you will not get a refund of the licence fee
  • your name, address, mobile number and email address are kept up to date. This is a condition of your licence. If there are any changes to your personal details email taxi.licensing@stockport.gov.uk so that you can continue to receive important updates. Note: we are not running surgeries, appointments or drop-in sessions at this time

Apply for a new hackney carriage vehicle licence