Private hire

1. Apply for a new licence

Before you apply for a licence

Check our approved private hire vehicle list (PDF 18Kb).

If the vehicle you'd like to licence is not listed, contact

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
  • evidence of insurance category
  • 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

  • £183 - 1 year. This is non-refundable

Legislation, conditions and advertising policy

After you've submitted your application you must:

  • book a taxi vehicle test
  • attend a surgery drop in session for a final check of your documents at least 1 working day after submitting your application. You'll need to bring:
    • original copies of all documents uploaded with your application

As a licensed private hire 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 and address is kept up to date. This is a condition of your licence. You must attend a surgery drop in session to tell us if there are any changes
  • your telephone number and email address are kept up to date or you will not receive important updates. Email with any changes

Apply for a new private hire vehicle licence