Private hire vehicle licences
Taxi licences - private hire vehicles
All private hire vehicles that operate within South Oxfordshire district must be licensed under the terms of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.
How to apply for a licence
- Vehicle registration document (V5)
- Current certificate of insurance or cover note for at least third party cover (must show appropriate Public Hire/Hackney Carriage or Private Hire)
- Current Certificate of Compliance issued within 28 days by a (required from September 2013 in accordance with the new taxi policy adopted on 1 January 2013).
- Non refundable - Cheques should be made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council.
How to renew a licence or change your vehicle
If you wish renew an existing private hire licence or change your vehicle, , contact the Licensing Team for an appointment and bring it together with the appropriate documentation as set out above along with the correct
How to transfer a licence and vehicle to a new owner
A transfer is the sale of a licensed vehicle (including the paper licence and licence plate) from one person to another. Please complete the and make an appointment with the Licensing Team Officer to carry out the transfer as all parties are required to sign in the presence of an officer.
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 make an appointment to see a member of the Licensing Team, bring the completed within three working days of the accident and bring the vehicle for inspection if requested.
How to apply for a plate exemption
Last reviewed: 13 - 02 - 2019