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: Licensing contact form


The application fee for all new or existing Hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence is £172 annually. 

Age of vehicle

Any new hackney carriage or private hire vehicle which is to be licensed for the first time must be less than six years old from the date of its first registration with the DVLA.

The maximum age limit for an existing licensed vehicle is currently 15 years old.

New vehicle requirements

The vehicle requirements for new Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles are slightly different:

Hackney carriage vehicles must be either:

An ultra-low emission or zero emission capable vehicle is defined as a vehicle emitting less than 50gCO2/km and has a zero emission range of at least 70 miles.

Private hire vehicles must be either:

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: Licensing contact form

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.

Please make an appointment by calling 01455 28141 to bring your application in to us.

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
  • A debit or credit card to pay the fee or a receipt showing you have already paid

Please note: This also applies for any low or zero emission or hybrid electric vehicle.

Vehicle licence renewal

All licences are valid for one year. The expiry licence date of a vehicle is shown on the paper licence and the external vehicle plate issued by the Licensing Team to vehicle owners.

Renewal application forms and invoices are sent to licence holders one month before the expiry date of a licence and the expiry date of a licence is also on the form.           

The following apply for vehicle renewals:

  • To always remain licenced, licence holders must ensure their vehicle:
    1. Has valid road fund tax
    2. Is insured for public and or private hire
    3. Holds a valid MOT pass certificate
  • To remain a licensed vehicle with this council, the vehicle must be continually licensed
  • An expired licence cannot be renewed
  • Age of vehicle and vehicle requirements are met

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: Licensing contact form

Complaints concerning the process

In the first instance, please contact Licensing: Licensing contact form

Last updated:‎ ‎14‎/‎06‎/‎2023‎ ‎15‎:‎43‎