Hackney carriages and private hire

The Council is responsible for the licensing of Hackney Carriage (taxi) vehicles and drivers, and Private hire vehicles, drivers and operators.

You must have a vehicle licence and the relevant drivers’ licence to operate or drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

Private hire operators must have the relevant licence.

You must not drive a private hire vehicle without the job being booked through an operator. Licensed vehicles may only be driven by licensed drivers.

Guidance

Online Applications – Guidance

Applying for a licence if you have a conviction

Licences for drivers of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles may only be granted where the Council is satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold such a licence.

The following document provides guidance for people with previous convictions and cautions.

Application forms

Online Applications

Transfer and change of vehicle:

Vehicle licence:

Driver's licence:

Private hire operator's licence:

Fees

  • Pay online
  • Pay over the phone: 0161 770 6611 (select option 2).

Quote the relevant Paying in Code.

Vehicles (paying in code H36455054D9)

  • Hackney carriage vehicle licence (excluding vehicle test): £284
  • Private hire vehicle licence (excluding vehicle test): £185
  • Vehicle test/Full re-test: £ 58
  • Vehicle re-test minor: £20
  • Vehicle change: £100
  • Owner change: £16
  • Plate replacement (each): £7
  • L bracket (each): £12
  • Flat bracket (each): £6
  • Hackney & star rating door signs (each): 50p
  • Badge/licence replacement: £12

Drivers (paying in code H36455054D9)

  • Private hire/Hackney 1 year drivers licence (new): £119
  • Private hire/Hackney 1 year drivers licence (renewal): £73
  • Private hire/Hackney 1 year drivers licence (new online): £114
  • Private hire/Hackney 1 year drivers licence (renewal online): £68
  • Drivers proficiency re-tests: £36
  • Criminal records check (DBS): £44
  • Private Hire/Hackney Drivers Licence – 3 year (new) £227
  • Private Hire/Hackney Drivers Licence – 3 year (renewal) £181
  • Private Hire/Hackney Drivers Licence – 3 year (new online) £212
  • Private Hire/Hackney Drivers Licence – 3 year (renewal online) £166

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence  (New / Renewal)

  • Inc one vehicle test  £186.00
  • Inc two vehicle tests  £244.00
  • Inc three vehicle tests  £302.0

Private Hire Vehicle Licence (New / Renewal) 

  • Inc one vehicle test  £241.00
  • Inc two vehicle tests  £299.00
  • Inc three vehicle tests  £357.00

Private hire operators (Paying in Code H36455054D9)

New or renewal

1 year licence

5 year licence

Operators licence – no stars



1 Vehicle

£413

£1,955

2 – 10 Vehicles

£678

£3,280

11 – 30 Vehicles

£1,410

£6,940

31 – 60 Vehicles

£1,794

£8,860

61+ Vehicles

£2,317

£11,475

Operators licence – one star



1 Vehicle

£332

£1,550

2 – 10 Vehicles

£580

£2,790

11 – 30 Vehicles

£1,242

£6,100

31 – 60 Vehicles

£1,528

£7,530

61+ Vehicles

£2,027

£10,025

Operators licence – two stars



1 Vehicle

£237

£1,085

2 – 10 Vehicles

£473

£2,265

11 – 30 Vehicles

£994

£4,870

31 – 60 Vehicles

£1,235

£6,075

61+ Vehicles

£1,415

£6,975

Operators licence – three stars



1 Vehicle

£197

£885

2 – 10 Vehicles

£349

£1,645

11 – 30 Vehicles

£720

£3,500

31 – 60 Vehicles

£868

£4,240

61+ Vehicles

£995

£4,875

Operators licence – four stars



1 Vehicle

£162

£710

2 – 10 Vehicles

£269

£1,245

11 – 30 Vehicles

£576

£2,780

31 – 60 Vehicles

£734

£3,570

61+ Vehicles

£900

£4,400

Licensing Team
Sir Robert Peacock House
Vulcan Street
Oldham, OL1 4LA
Tel 0161 770 4730