You can call us on 0343 222 4444 (TfL call charges) to:
If you wish to:
Please phone us on 0343 222 5555 (TfL call charges).
To ensure your licence is renewed in good time, we now issue all application packs four months before the expiry date.
Once you receive the form from us, please apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a criminal records check. We also recommend that you also register with the DBS Update service to prevent any further delays in the future: subscribers to this service won't be required to apply for a new disclosure when renewing their licence, which eliminates the risk of delays in the processing of applications. This also saves money on the cost of a new disclosure certificate. A disclosure will only be required where a change has occurred. More details about the DBS Update Service are available on our Licensing information page.
As part of your application you will need to provide a recent photograph of yourself. This will appear on your renewed taxi or private hire driver licence. See our "Photo guidance" about the type of photograph we will accept.
We recommend that you make your renewal application using our new online functionality. Details of how to register for an account are contained within the renewal pack sent to you.
The new online process makes its quicker and easier to apply for both new and renewal driver licences. It also provides functionality for you to track your application.
Alternatively you can complete the postal pack and post it to us using the envelope provided. When applying by post:
Please post your completed application to us at the earliest opportunity.
We also require you to:
You need to have your badge/ID, licence, and if you are a taxi driver your identifiers with you at all times in order to work. If any of these are lost, stolen or damaged, you must inform us immediately. If part of your licence is stolen, you must also report this to the police, who will provide you with a crime reference number.
You can call us on 0343 222 4444 (TfL call charges) to request a replacement if any of your licence parts have been stolen (crime reference number to be provided), lost or damaged.
Please note that the fee for a replacement taxi (black cab) driver brass badge is £15. The payment can be made with a credit or debit card over the phone. We will update your licences with your new badge number, and your replacement badge and new licence parts will be sent to you by post. Please return your previous licence parts upon receipt of your replacement.
Previous licence parts can be surrendered to:
London Taxi and Private Hire
PO Box 177
If you buy a vehicle that has been licensed by us as a private hire vehicle and you are not using it for that purpose, OR if you are selling a TfL licensed private hire vehicle that will no longer be used for private hire purposes, you must return the licence discs found on the front and rear windscreen, as well as the paper vehicle licence to TfL.
You must return the licence discs and paper licence to this address:
London Taxi and Private Hire
PO Box 177
Visit our web page for existing private hire operators.
All taxis and private hire vehicles more than 12 months old (from date of manufacture) are required to pass two MOT tests a year as a condition of continued annual licensing. The first MOT certificate must be issued not more than 14 days before the date of the licensing inspection. The second MOT must be obtained six months from the date of grant of licence. We give a reminder note at inspection centres. It's your responsibility to ensure the vehicle you're driving is up to date. Check your vehicle's MOT status online.
Idling engines contribute to air pollution problems in London. Running the engine while your vehicle is stationary pollutes the environment and is illegal on a public road.
When you keep a vehicle's engine idling it can produce nearly twice as much exhaust emissions as it does while moving. This affects the quality of our air.
It is illegal to leave your engine running when stationary and you could also risk a fixed penalty notice, under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002.
It is not illegal to have an idling vehicle engine if you are:
Our compliance officers regularly advise drivers of idling taxi or private hire vehicles to move on or switch off their engine.
Space saver wheels are designed for temporary use, to get you a place of repair. You must get the original car tyre repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If the puncture occurs during a journey that is local and does not entail motorway driving, then you may use a space saver tyre to complete that journey as long as you then proceed directly to a place of repair.
Due to the speed restriction (50mph), limited tread (only 3mm from new) and softer rubber compound the distance covered before repair should not be excessive. The continual use of a vehicle fitted with a space saver wheel may bring the vehicle into conflict with Construction & Use regulations.
It can be difficult to know where to find public toilet facilities when you're driving. Get more information about where public toilets are in the key areas of London, including Heathrow and City airports.