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Hackney carriage vehicle licence

How to apply

New vehicles that have not previously been licensed as a taxi in our area should be less than five years old, and less than seven years old if wheelchair accessible.

If you would like to apply for a hackney carriage vehicle licence you should fill in the:

Return your completed application along with the following documentation:

  • MOT certificate and vehicle inspection sheet, the vehicle should be tested at one of the approved garages listed on the application form (these must be dated within 28 days of us receiving the application)
  • valid insurance certificate/cover note
  • V5 document/new keepers part/proof of purchase
  • meter calibration form (the meter should be calibrated by one of the approved garages on meter form)

The application should also be submitted with the relevant fee:

  • new hackney carriage vehicle (up to three years old, one year licence): £147.38
  • new hackney carriage vehicle (over three years old, one year licence):  £176.64
  • full set of plates: £166.30

Existing holders of a hackney carriage vehicle licence will be forwarded the relevant application forms approximately one month prior to the renewal date.

Guidance notes

Hackney carriage table of fares (DOC/42KB/1 page)

Hackney carriage vehicle inspection report guidelines (PDF/55KB/1 page)