Apply for a taxi vehicle licence

You may choose to nominate a person or an entity (referred to as Proprietors) to act as an agent on your behalf when making an application and/or presenting the vehicle for inspection.

Proprietors must apply for a proprietors' licence beforehand. Please see apply to be a taxi proprietor.

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
  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 below
  4. All taxis must have a taxi meter (download specification below)

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 (V5c)
  2. EEC Certificate of Conformity for new motor cabs
  3. Certificate of insurance
  4. The existing motor cab licence including plates (if applicable)
  5. Emission equipment - fitment sign off declaration where applicable
  6. Vehicle Excise Licence (tax disc)
  7. Certificate of Taximeter Installation issued within 30 days of licensing inspection
  8. Any relevant document relating to the motor cab as appropriate, including any modification certificate
  9. From April 2013, an MOT certificate issued within the last 14 days


To comply with air quality standards, all taxis and PHVs 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:

Fees for vehicle inspections

Vehicle licences are issued for a period of 12 months.

Application fee£65 (non refundable)
Grant of licence fee
Retest Fee
£50 discretionary

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

The application fee of £102 is non-refundable.

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


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