If you are not already a licensed taxi driver, to become the licence holder for one or more taxis , you must prove you are a fit and proper person.

Vehicle licence criteria

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

  1. All new vehicles or vehicles new to licensing must as a minimum meet the Euro 6 standards for emissions at time of licensing - from 1 January 2018 all taxis presented for licensing for the first time must be zero emissions capable
  2. Vehicles already licensed by us must be no older than 15 years at time of licensing
  3. The vehicle must meet the design standards set out in our conditions of fitness document. Please read "Taxi - conditions of fitness", which can be found on our Legislation and policy page.
  4. All taxis must have a taxi meter. For further details please see our document "Taximeter specification" on our Legislation and policy page.
  5. All taxis must have the facility to accept card and contactless payments via an approved fixed card payment device installed in the passenger compartment, which must be capable of producing a printed receipt on demand

Booking your taxi vehicle inspection

You must make a booking to have your vehicle inspected. You will need the following original documents as they need to be presented when you take your vehicle in for inspection:

  1. Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5) or new keeper supplement slip. Or if recently purchased, a bill of sale and V5C/2 is required
  2. Certificate of insurance (must be displayed in the vehicle)           
  3. The existing motor cab licence including plates (if applicable)
  4. Emission equipment - fitment sign off declaration where applicable
  5. Vehicle Excise Licence (road tax)
  6. Certificate of Taximeter Installation issued within 30 days of licensing inspection
  7. Any relevant document relating to the vehicle as appropriate, including any modification certificate and information relating to chassis/body replacement if applicable
  8. An MOT certificate issued within the last 14 days

Fees for vehicle inspections

Vehicle licences are issued for a period of 12 months.

Application fee £66 (non refundable)
Grant of licence fee


If you need to get your vehicle re-tested, you can do that free at one of our centres within 28 days.

If you are ready to book your taxi in for an inspection, you can:

Call the number above if the taxi fails the first inspection and re-inspection and you would like to request a partial refund of the licence fee.


To comply with air quality standards, all taxis must be within a certain age limit to be licensed. However, a limited number of exemptions are possible that allow certain vehicles to be licensed for an additional period. Find out more about the exemptions: