Private hire vehicle licences

To operate your vehicle as a private hire vehicle you need to get it licensed.

Private hire vehicles

  • Are only available by booking through a private hire office within the West Oxfordshire District Council area
  • Cannot be hailed in the street 
  • Cannot park on the taxi ranks
  • Can set their own fares

Requirements of licence

  • The vehicle must be fitted with no smoking signs, first aid kit and fire extinguisher
  • The vehicle must be no more than 15 years old

Documents required with taxi licence application

  • Insurance showing that you are covered for private hire use
  • An MOT (no more than 4 weeks old)
  • V5 (or proof of purchase)
  • Completed application form (when you sign this you are agreeing to our conditions which can be found in the handbook for drivers and operators)

Taxi licence fee

There is a fee of £291.41

Apply for or renew a private hire vehicle licence

Please return your completed application form, documents and fee by:

  • Email (pay by phone) to:
  • Post or deliver to: Licensing, Environmental and Regulatory Services, Woodgreen, New Yatt Road, Witney, OX28 1NB

Your licence will be processed within 5 working days.

Vehicle licence renewals

Please make sure that you know your licence expiry date. Renewal documents will not be provided so as the licence holder it's your responsibility to:

  • Download the application form from this page
  • Make sure the form is returned to Environmental and Regulatory Services (ERS) 7 working days before the licence expires so we can process your renewal.

Transfers of vehicle licences

Transfers follow the same requirements as new vehicles and will be processed within one working day.

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB