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Private hire vehicle licences

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Private hire vehicles:

  • must be pre-booked. They cannot be hailed in the street
  • cannot use taxi ranks
  • can set their own fares

You must have a licence to use your vehicle as a private hire vehicle.

What you will need

  • proof of insurance
  • valid MOT – unless the vehicle is exempt
  • V5 or proof of purchase
  • LOLER and weight test certificate (wheelchair accessible vehicles only)


  • £250 for a new licence
  • £185 for a licence renewal

Vehicle requirements

  • for new and transfer applications, the vehicle must be less than 5 years old from the date of first registration
  • for renewal applications, the vehicle must be less than 15 years old from date of first registration
  • it must have: no smoking signs, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher

Wheelchair accessible vehicles are exempt from the age requirements. Other specialist vehicles may also be exempt.

Licence renewals

You can renew your licence at a reduced cost if you return the application form at least 7 days before your licence expires.

If your licence has expired, you’ll need to apply for a new licence at the full cost.

It is your responsibility to check the expiry date of your licence. We will not send you a reminder or any other documentation.


Return your completed application form, supporting documents and fee to

Or you can post them to us at:

Environmental and Regulatory Services
Council Offices
OX28 1NB

How you can pay:

  • by phone (01993) 861000
  • by cheque sent with your application form

We’ll process your application within 5 working days.

Licence transfers

You can transfer your licence to another vehicle or person. Use the form below to apply.

Transfer applications have the same requirements as new vehicles. We’ll process them within one working day.

Transfer fees:



Temporary Vehicle (Insurance Company)


Transfer vehicle licence to another person


Transfer vehicle to another vehicle (1 year)  


Transfer vehicle to another vehicle (remainder of plate) 


Change of Registration Number     £86.00



Other vehicle fees



Replacement Vehicle Internal Plate


Replacement Vehicle External Plate


Replacement bracket  


Administration charge for any other requests


We will not refund any licences.

You must notify us if you have an accident that affects your vehicle or customer convenience. Complete the accident form below and return it to no more than 72 hours after the accident.