Find a driver, vehicle or operator

You can search our taxi and private hire licensing register to view current details of our licensed taxi and private hire drivers, vehicles and private hire operators. By using the search facility, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to our terms and conditions.

Terms of conditions of use

We update our register overnight, every 24 hours.  We do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in licensing information obtained from our register, and we do not accept any liability for loss or damage arising from the use of information obtained from this site.

If you have any reason to suspect that the information contained in the register is incorrect, please contact us immediately at so that we can investigate the matter and make any corrections as soon as possible.

General information

We licence taxi drivers and vehicles under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.  We licence private hire operators, drivers, and vehicles under the 1976 Act. The Council adopted the 1976 Act on 1 May 1979.

Taxi and private hire drivers are issued with an identification badge which they must wear or display at all times.  Taxi and private hire vehicles must display an identification plate on the back of the licensed vehicle.  In Elmbridge, taxis must display a blue identification plate and private hire vehicles must display a red plate.

Although it is usually the case that vehicle licence holders are also licensed drivers, this is not a legal requirement.  For example, a private hire company could hold a licence for a vehicle which any individual from a pool of private hire drivers, could drive.

Subject to adequate insurance cover, a licensed Elmbridge private hire driver can drive any Elmbridge licensed private hire vehicle.  A licensed Elmbridge taxi driver can drive any Elmbridge licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.

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