Apply for or renew a vehicle licence (hackney carriage or private hire)

A vehicle licence is required for all hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire vehicles.

Vehicle licences are issued on a 12 month basis.

What you'll need

To apply for or renew a vehicle licence, you'll need to provide your:

  • vehicle insurance documents that cover you for private hire or hackney carriage work (if covered by fleet insurance you must also provide the schedule)
  • V5C log book or registration document with pages 1 and 2 in the name of the applicant or other proof of ownership of the vehicle
  • vehicle lease or hire agreement (if applicable)
  • basic criminal record disclosure issued within the last 3 months (if you're not currently a licensed driver)

If you're renewing a Chiltern, South Bucks or Wycombe area licence, you'll also require an MOT or certificate of compliance.

You'll need a valid credit or debit card to pay for your application.

Start

You'll need an online account to apply, renew or make changes to your licence. View our guidance on how to set up an account or make an application.

Privacy

We are the controller for the personal information we use about you. We're committed to protecting your privacy when you use our services.

The law requires us to give you details about how we use and protect your information, view the taxi licensing privacy policy.

Contact

For information and support with the licensing process, you can contact taxi licensing.