How to apply for a Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence

Fees and how to apply

Before applying

Please read the guidance notes carefully before you apply and contact Licensing if you have any questions.


The application fee for all new or existing Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence is £160 annually. All new applications must be for vehicles that are under five years old.

How to apply

You can apply online for a vehicle licence (if you are a licensed driver with Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council)

Apply for a vehicle licence

Alternatively, we can send you an application form, to print off and return to us: contact Licensing

Hackney carriage or private hire vehicles that are already licensed will be sent an application form and invoice automatically one month before the existing licence expires. 

Checklist of what you need to provide with your application

 You must bring the following original documents to the council offices at Hinckley Hub when applying for a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence: 

  • A valid insurance certificate
  • The V5C registration document for the vehicle or proof of ownership
  • A valid MOT certificate
  • The fee or a receipt showing you have paid

Please note: This also applies to electric Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV).

Time period for the council to normally approve the application

One month.

If you have not heard from us within that time period

Please contact Licensing

Complaints concerning the process

In the first instance, please contact Licensing

Last updated:‎ ‎13/‎07‎/‎2021‎ ‎16:05