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Taxi and private hire licensing

Hackney carriage - taxi licence

The council licences and inspects both hackney carriages and private hire vehicles in the borough to ensure that they are safe for use by the public.

Applicants for new hackney carriage plates must obtain an offer of a plate (no fee is payable for this) before presenting a vehicle for licensing.

How to apply

The vehicle licence application form can be used for either a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence - see application forms

In the case of a renewal, an application form must be submitted along with the fee before the existing licence expires.

The following evidence must be supplied at the time of your application;

  • vehicle registration document
  • MOT test certificate
  • certificate of vehicle insurance


See our Fees and Charges.


Applications are only processed providing the correct fee and documents have been submitted.

See our list of conditions.

Last updated Thursday, 9th June 2016

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