Apply for a taxi vehicle licence

You must meet certain specifications and be licensed by us if you want to use your vehicle as a taxi (hackney cab or private hire vehicle).

The vehicle must be less than 4 years old when you first licence it.

Any driver of the vehicle must have a Folkestone & Hythe District Council taxi driver's license.

Vehicle licence applications can only be processed if a licensed taxi driver is named on the insurance.

Once the taxi is licensed, it can only be driven by a licensed taxi driver, so unlicensed drivers cannot be listed on the insurance policy.

To read the full specification for a licensed vehicle please read our Taxi policy (PDF, 821KB)

How to apply

You will be able to apply after your vehicle has been inspected by a member of our licensing team and deemed satisfactory.  Book a vehicle inspection

You will be able to apply after your vehicle has been inspected by a member of our licensing team and deemed satisfactory.

You will need to:

  • log into your MyAccount (or create an account if you don't already have one) to complete the form. MyAccount is an easier and quicker way to interact with us and is available 24/7
  • complete the application form
  • pay the appropriate fee

You will need to add the following documents:

  • the certificate of compliance from the garage
  • a valid vehicle insurance certificate or cover note, insuring the vehicle for use as a hackney cab or private hire vehicle
  • vehicle log book (V5) or other proof of ownership
  • payment will need to be made as part of the application

Apply to licence a new vehicle

How much it costs

Taxi vehicle licence fees

Type of  vehicle licence application Fee
Hackney and Private Hire vehicle licence £300.00
Transfer a vehicle licence to another vehicle £107.90
Transfer a vehicle licence to a new owner £54.00
Replacement plate £24.90

What happens next?

After submitting your application form and the required supporting information, we aim to process your application as soon as possible.

If we grant a licence, we will send it to you along with the plates for your car.