Vehicle licence for a hackney carriage (taxi)

You will need a hackney carriage (taxi) vehicle licence for all vehicles operating as taxis in Rushmoor.

Update on applying for or renewing your vehicle licence for a hackney carriage during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

New applications

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and considering the advice from government, we are not currently accepting new applicants for vehicle licence for a hackney carriage.

When we can accept new applications again, we will contact you to arrange an appointment. For us to do that, please send us your contact details by emailing us at You will need to include your name, a contact phone number and details of the type of licence you would like to apply for.

In the meantime, you can read though what is needed for a licence in the information below.

Renewal of your licence

If you already have a vehicle licence for a hackney carriage and it is due for renewal, we will be contacting you soon to go through our licence renewal arrangements with you.

Please contact us using the details on this page if you have any questions.

Information about hackney carriage licences

When you apply, you will need to provide the following information so that we can prepare the documents and licence plates before a meeting:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • 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 a meeting, 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
  • The current mileage of the vehicle
  • MOT certificate (dated within 28 days of your appointment)
  • Sales receipt and/or letter of sale to prove that you are the owner of the vehicle
  • The taxi licence fee

About you

You will need to be aged 17 or over

About the vehicle

  • The vehicle needs to be an pdf icon Approved vehicle for hackney carriages (taxis) [22kb]
  • At the first time of application, it must be a new vehicle (within 28 days of first registration with the DVLA), or
  • It must, on renewal, have been continuously licensed in Rushmoor since being new or since we first licensed it

Licensing a vehicle not on the approved vehicle list

If you would like to licence a vehicle as a hackney carriage that is not currently listed on the approved vehicle list, please contact our Licensing team to discuss the possibility of us viewing the vehicle.

Hackney carriage vehicles are required to meet our pdf icon Hackney carriage vehicle specification [25kb].

How to renew your hackney carriage licence

Your licence usually lasts for 12 months. We will phone you beforehand to arrange the renewal.

How to transfer your interest

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

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

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