Private hire vehicle licences last for 1 year and must be renewed annually.
How to apply
Before applying for a private hire vehicle licence you'll need to make sure that you and your vehicle can meet the conditions of our hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy.
Please note that our vehicle age policy states that on initial licensing as a private hire, a vehicle shall not be more than 4 years old from the date of first registration. This means that if you apply to licence a vehicle which is more than 4 years old, the application can't be automatically granted by an officer and will have to be considered by the licensing sub committee who may grant of refuse the application. The purchase of any vehicle is at your own risk.
You'll need to telephone us to make an appointment to come into the office. You'll need to bring the following documents with you to your appointment:
- A completed and signed private hire vehicle application form
- The current vehicle registration certificate (V5) for the vehicle showing yourself as the owner
- A current MOT for the vehicle if it is more than 3 years old
- A completed original vehicle inspection report form. The form will only be accepted it is has been printed on double sided and is stamped with the garage's official authentication stamp
- A current insurance certificate or cover note (to be a minimum of £1,000,000). This must show the vehicle registration number, the name of any persons insured to drive the vehicle and must specify that the vehicle can be used as a private hire vehicle.
You'll need to bring the vehicle to your appointment where it will be inspected by one of our licensing officers. At the time of inspection, the vehicle will need to have:
- A fire extinguisher
- A first aid kit
- No smoking signs clearly displayed inside the vehicle
If any of these are missing, the officer won't be able to issue your licence.
You will need to pay a fee for your private hire vehicle licence. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
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Before we can consider your application, we'll need to have:
- a completed application form
- the application fee. This can be paid by cheque, cash or card.
- insurance certificate
- vehicle registration document (V5)
- vehicle inspection report
- MOT certificate (if vehicle over 3 years old)
We can't consider your application until we have all of the documentation we need. The licensing officer looking after your case will let you know if there is information we are waiting for.
Once we have all of the information we need, your vehicle licence will either be granted by a licensing officer or it may need to be considered by the licensing sub committee. If your application needs to be considered by the licensing sub committee we will let you know and you'll be sent notice of hearing documentation so that you can attend the hearing.
If you would like to come into the office and speak to an officer about your application then please telephone to make an appointment.