Renew your vehicle licence

Renew your vehicle licence

Renew your private hire or Hackney Carriage vehicle licence.

Applications should be submitted at least 10 working days before the expiry date of your licence.

You can renew your licence up to 6 weeks before it expires.

Renew online

The easiest way to renew your vehicle licence is online.

Renew your licence online

Online applications take at least 7 working days to be processed and returned to you by post.  Online applications can be submitted when there is less than four weeks to the licence expiry date.

We can't issue your licence until the vehicle has completed a satisfactory vehicle check and the Licensing Team have been sent a copy of your insurance. You should send your insurance certificate to

We can't accept the vehicle inspection check if it was completed more than 6 weeks before your licence expires. 

If you're applying after your licence has expired we can’t accept the vehicle inspection check if it was completed more than 6 weeks before the date you submit your application.

We are not required to send renewal reminders.  We accept no responsibility for delays in renewals caused by the late submission of applications.

Other ways to renew

We encourage you to apply online rather than attending the Citizen Service Point (CSP).

If you’re unable to apply online you can email your application and scans / photographs of the supporting documents to

A member of the Licensing Team will then contact you via telephone to make payment.

We still need to see the original Medical and DBS certificate. This may change dependent on any future government advice.

If you do need to come in to the CSP we’re only open from 10am to 12pm, we will not see anyone outside of these times.

You'll need to renew your vehicle licence using a paper form if: 

  • your licence has expired
  • the vehicle registration number has changed (personalised plate)
  • the registered keeper details have changed
  • the licence holder name or address has changed
  • you don't have an email address
  • the vehicle didn't pass the inspection check
  • the vehicle isn't insured
  • you no longer own the vehicle

Download the vehicle licence renewal form (pdf, 338KB) (opens new window)

Download the person concerned with vehicle form (pdf, 94KB) (opens new window) .

You’ll also need:

  • your insurance certificate
  • payment of £187

Post the completed the form to:

Licensing team (Temple Street)
Bristol City Council
PO Box 3399
Bristol BS1 9NE

You must send your application at least 10 working days before your licence expires.

You can apply to renew your licence up to 6 weeks before it expires.

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