Private hire vehicles

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Guidance for applications

If you are renewing a licence, please do not apply more than 4 weeks before the expiry date. Renewal applications will be given priority, and then prioritised by expiry date. We will do our best to process your application as quickly as possible.

You will need to print off this application form (139.5 KB) Word 97-2003 and complete as normal, including signing and dating the form. Please take care to complete the application form in full. Any incomplete or illegible applications will be rejected and will not be processed.

You need to scan this application and upload through our online application portal, with any supporting documents. If you do not have access to a scanner, you could try to photograph each page of the form but please note it must be clear and legible or we will not be able to process it.  Please contact us if you are unable to do this.

When we have a completed correct application and payment, we will process the application and issue the licence. We will then post this licence out to you by first class recorded delivery (someone will need to be in to sign for this). You will not be able to collect the plate from the office. Please do not telephone the offices at this time, as this will only prevent us from processing applications. 

Changing your vehicle

If you wish to change the vehicle that is covered by your private hire vehicle licence you need to complete this application form (142.0 KB) Word 97-2003 This form and the supporting documents should then be submitted in the same way as above.

Transferring a licence

If you buy a vehicle that is already licensed as a private hire vehicle then you can apply to have the vehicle's licence transferred into your name using this application form (139.5 KB) Word 97-2003 . This form and the supporting documents should then be submitted in the same way as above.

Private hire vehicle licences

For details of the minimum requirements for vehicles licensed by the council and the standard licence conditions please see our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy (795.1 KB) PDF

This is the current list of approved taxi compliance testing centres (20.5 KB) PDF . Please note that only a valid certificate of compliance from one of these garages will be accepted when licensing your vehicle.

Accident reporting

Where damage that requires repair arises from an accident, the driver is required to report the accident to the council. The council's primary concern is to ensure that the vehicle is in a safe and suitable condition to be used as a licensed vehicle. Please email a completed accident report form (96.5 KB) Word 97-2003 to within three working days of the accident days of the accident, along with photos of the damage to the vehicle. You may be asked to bring the vehicle for inspection and it may also be required to pass a compliance test to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. 

Plate exemptions

If you wish to apply to be exempt from displaying a plate on your private hire vehicle you need to submit a completed application form (64.0 KB) Word 97-2003 with the supporting documents using the guidelines above. If you have not applied for plate exemptions before please email your application to for consideration before paying the fee.

Last reviewed: 01 - 07 - 2020

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