Vehicle licence for private hire (minicab)

You will need a private hire (minicab) vehicle licence for all vehicles operating as minicabs in Rushmoor.

How to apply for a licence

Phone us using the contact details on this page to set up an appointment. During your call you will need to provide us with the following information:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • Mileage of vehicle
  • If you would like to apply for an exemption from attaching a hard plate to your vehicle (see hard plate exemptions below)
  • Names of all prospective drivers of the vehicle
  • Your name, address and contact details
  • The name and address of anyone with a financial interest in the vehicle

At the appointment, we will inspect the vehicle and provide you with your plates and licence, if satisfactory. You will need to bring the following with you:

  • Vehicle registration document
  • Insurance certificate
  • MOT certificate (dated within 28 days of appointment)
  • Sales receipt and/or letter of sale to prove that you are the owner of the vehicle
  • The private hire (minicab) fee

About you

  • You will need to be aged 17 or over

About the vehicle

The vehicle needs to be one of the following:

  • Hard top saloon
  • Estate car
  • People carrier

If you want to license a limousine or other novelty vehicle, please contact a member of the licensing team using the contact details on this page.

The vehicle needs to have:

  • Between four and eight passenger seats

The vehicle must not be:

Hard plate exemptions

If your vehicle will be used solely for non-public private hire work, such as executive chauffeur services, or needs to be discreet for other reasons, for example security, you can apply to us for an exemption from displaying a hard plate.

You will need to tell us of your request and the reasons why when you call to book your appointment. We will let you know if your work meets the criteria for this.

How to maintain your licence

Your licence will normally last for 12 months. However depending on the annual and overall mileage, you may have to provide additional MOT certificates, as set out in our  pdf icon MOT Graph [8kb].

We will contact you before your licence expires to arrange for its renewal, but it remains your responsibility to make sure you renew the licence on time.

How to transfer your interest

If you sell your vehicle, you must tell us the name and address of the new owner, as soon as possible.

The new owner must then contact us, using the contact details on this page, to transfer the licence.

 
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