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Apply for a new vehicle licence

Apply for a new vehicle licence

If you want to apply for a new private hire vehicle or hackney carriage you must follow the steps below.

1: Check if a licence is available: hackney carriage only

You should contact the Licensing Team before purchasing a vehicle to ensure there are still hackney carriage vehicle licences available.

This is because the Public Safety and Protection Committee agreed on 28 February 2017 to impose a limit of 795 on the number of licences issued.  

2: The vehicle: hackney carriage only

If applying for a licence for a hackney carriage the vehicle must:

  • be an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)
  • have European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)
  • be wheelchair accessible

The vehicle must also meet all other elements of the hackney carriage vehicle policy (pdf, 240k) (opens new window) .(opens new window) (pdf, 157k) (opens new window)

3: The conditions and standards

You should read the documents below before you apply for a new vehicle licence.

The hackney carriage and private hire inspection standards include important information on vehicle specifications and should be read along with the correct vehicle policy.

4: Your documents

You must bring the documentation below to:

Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street, Bristol BS1 6AG

or you can post them to:

Licensing Team (100TS), Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176. Bristol BS3 9FS

  • Original certificate of insurance
  • Certificate of compliance issued by Bristol City Council contract services
  • The correct fee ( fees may change every April)
  • Vehicle log book
  • Application form (pdf, 261k) (opens new window)
  • Proof of ownership: a bill of sale, invoice stating paid in full, or copy of hire purchase or lease agreement (If the vehicle is on lease then the lease company must provide a letter stating the vehicle can be used as a hackney carriage/private hire vehicle)
  • European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval certificate and certificate of conformity (if applicable).
  • Full Registration Document (V5) or green slip

We can't accept a vehicle inspection check if it was carried out more than six weeks before your application date.

If you want someone else to discuss your application or licence with us on your behalf, you’ll need to give us written permission.

How much it costs

A new private hire or Hackney Carriage licence costs £187.

We can't accept the vehicle inspection check if you send it to us more than six weeks before your application date.

Important information

Find out more about our licences and policies.

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