Apply for a licence - taxi and private hire

Apply for a licence - taxi and private hire

With the exception of Private Hire Operator licensing all applications must be submitted by appointment.

Driver 

Fees and charges

  • 1 year licence (including non-refundable administration fee of £80) - £135

  • 3 year licence (including non-refundable administration fee of £202) - £338

Vehicle

Fees and charges

  • 1 year licence (excluding mechanical inspection) - £215

  • 25% fee reduction for LPG-fuelled or electric powered vehicles - £160

  • 50% fee reduction for wheelchair-accessible vehicles - £108

  • 10% fee increase for vehicles five years or older - £237

Private hire operator

Fees and charges

  • 1 year licence (including 60% non-refundable administration fee)

Up to 5 vehicles

  • initial - £189

  • renewal - £126

Up to 6 – 10 vehicles

  • initial - £250

  • renewal - £167

Up to 11 – 15 vehicles

  • initial - £310

  • renewal - £207

Up to 16 – 20 vehicles

  • initial - £370

  • renewal - £248

Up to 21 – 25 vehicles

  • initial - £440

  • renewal - £293

Up to 26 – 30 vehicles

  • initial - £500

  • renewal - £333

Up to 31 – 35 vehicles

  • initial - £555

  • renewal - £370

Up to 36 –40 vehicles

  • initial - £615

  • renewal - £410

3 year licence

Charged at 2.5 x the annual fee (including a non-refundable admin fee of 60%)

Accident report form

Loss of licence

Approximate timescales for processing private hire and Hackney Carriage licence applications

  • New driver - 5 working days

  • New vehicle - 30 minutes

  • Driver renewal - 10 working days

  • Vehicle renewal - 30 minutes

  • Vehicle - executive status - 5 working days

  • New operator - 10 working days

  • Operator renewal - 10 working days

  • Transfer of a vehicle - 30 minutes

  • Vehicle licence change from private hire to Hackney Carriage (or vice versa) - 30 minutes

  • Lost/stolen plate - same day (if reported in writing before 12 noon)

Miscellaneous fees and charges

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Application - £44

  • Driving Standards Agency (DSA) test - Contact DSA

  • Replacement external plate - £10

  • Replacement internal plate - £5

  • Replacement driver's badge - £10

  • Vehicle licence - change of ownership - £25

  • Transfer of vehicle licence to replacement vehicle - due to mechanical failure/accidental damage - £110

  • Amendment to licence/change of address - £10

  • Change of registration/number plate change - £35

  • Private hire Knowledge test/retest - £25

  • Hackney Carriage Knowledge test - £50

  • Hackney Carriage Knowledge retest - £35

  • Replacement licence - vehicle/driver/operator - £10

  • Application for approval of advertising on a Private Hire/Hackney Carriage vehicle - £98

  • Failure to attend vehicle licence application appointment - £50

  • Printed licence application packs - £10

Note: The fees for Licensees who have their licences revoked under the Penalty Points Scheme shall be increased by an additional 20% of the respective application fee, if they re-apply for a licence.

The Council accepts payment by credit/debit card (by phone or in person). A fee reduction of £10 will be applied to all licence application payments made using credit or debit cards. (Note: credit card payments will incur a small surcharge.)

Further information 

For further information, please contact us or telephone 01372 474 748. 

Services by A-Z