Taxi vehicle testing
Last updated 15 December 2021
It's your responsibility to book the vehicle test and to make sure that your vehicle has a valid Certificate of Compliance or test certificate issued by our approved Test Centre.
Before you book a vehicle test you'll need to read:
- Vehicle test information and appeal process (PDF 86Kb)
- Emissions test form for all vehicles (PDF 100Kb)
- Guide to taxi test due dates (PDF 189Kb)
When vehicles are tested
- must have been approved by taxi licensing as a suitable vehicle
- must undergo an initial vehicle test for a licence to be issued. If your vehicle passes the test, licence plates will be issued for 12 months from the date of the vehicle test. The test must have been carried out within 4 weeks of the application date
All hackney carriage and private hire vehicles licensed by us must undergo a vehicle test every 6 months at our approved Test Centre.
It's your responsibility to make sure your vehicle has a vehicle test up to 4 weeks in advance of the:
- 6 month test due date
- 12 month renewal test due date
You will not receive a reminder in relation to your vehicle test dates. Make sure that you know when your 6 month test dates (PDF 189Kb) are due and when your licence expires.
Failure to make sure that your vehicle has passed the test by the required due date will result in the suspension or expiry of your vehicle licence. You're committing a criminal offence if you use an unlicensed car for licensed work or drive it without a valid Certificate of Compliance or test certificate.
Rearranging or cancelling your test
You can rearrange or cancel your test up to 72 hours before the test date. Any tests rearranged or cancelled outside of this timeframe will not get a refund of the test fee and will be required to rebook.
At the test
Your vehicle will be turned away from the Test Centre if:
- it's booked in for the wrong test type
- a different person to the one named on the booking presents a vehicle for test
- the vehicle test is booked outside of the appropriate timeframes. For example; you cannot book a vehicle test more than 4 weeks before the test due date
- a different vehicle to the one that was booked in is presented for test
After the test
If your vehicle passes the test, you'll receive:
- a test certificate
- a Certificate of Compliance
Your plates will be issued for 12 months from the date of the vehicle test, not the date of the vehicle application.
- DVSA MOT test - £54.85
- Full 12 and 6 month compliance test - £54.85
- Full 12 and 6 month compliance retest - £54.85
- Partial retest - £27.43
- Free retest – no charge
Book a taxi vehicle test
Use the online form below to book a test.
If you need to speak to someone about your booking email firstname.lastname@example.org