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    Application for new taxi or private hire vehicle licence

    Use this form to apply for a licence for hackney carriage (taxi) or private hire vehicle. This application must be completed by the vehicle owner (the legal vehicle proprietor).
    Please do not use this form if you have an existing licence and are wishing to renew it, please use the vehicle renewal form.

    This form consists of 5 pages and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Fields marked with a * are mandatory and require completion.

    The fee for this licence is £185.00 for standard taxi/private hire vehicles or £200.00 for private hire executive vehicles/stretch limousines and is payable online upon completion of this form.


    Before you start

    Please ensure you have:

  1. current comprehensive insurance certificate (relevant to the purpose of the vehicle)
  2. swivel seat warranty and proof of purchase
  3. the full V5 registration certificate
  4. current compliance test certificate (no older than 2 weeks at point of application) - unless the vehicle is less than 12 months old and therefore no certificate is required
  5. a valid email address to receive confirmation of payment
  6. confirmation of the Private Hire Operator you're working for (if private hire vehicle)
  7. your debit or credit card details.

    Vehicle criteria

    In order to apply for a licence the vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  9. all new vehicles or vehicles new to licensing must as a minimum meet the Euro 4 standards for emissions at the time of licensing
  10. vehicles must be no older than 6 years and 364 days at the time of first licensing
  11. the vehicle must meet the standards set out in our conditions of the licensing policy
  12. all taxis (hackney carriages) must have a taxi calendar meter fitted and either be wheelchair accessible or fitted with a new purpose built swivel seat.
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