To get a vehicle licensed you must first decide whether the vehicle that you are going to drive is to be a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle. A private hire vehicle can only be used for pre-booked journeys and a Private Hire Operator licence is also needed. Hackney carriage vehicles are able to take bookings and can also use taxi ranks.
You will need to fill out the appropriate application form and present the following in support of your application:
How do I get an appointment for my vehicle to be inspected?
Once all your documents and payment have been received and are in order a member of the Licensing team will arrange an appointment for you to attend the council’s MOT centre. Appointments are subject to availability and are beyond the control of the Licensing team.
How long does the process take?
The Licensing Team will deal with your completed application as quickly as it can, normally within 28 working days.