Taxi and private hire licences

During the current coronavirus outbreak, licensing requirements have changed for taxi and private hire vehicles.

Advice for drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) to protect against coronavirus can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Taxi and private hire licences

You need a licence to drive a taxi (sometimes called a hackney carriage) or a private hire vehicle.

You need an operator’s licence to run a taxi or private hire vehicle company.

Taxis can be flagged down in the street or they can pick up from taxi ranks. They must have an illuminated roof sign and a yellow identification plate on the rear of the vehicle. Fares are metered.

Private hire vehicles must be pre-booked through a private hire operator. They must have a green identification on the rear of the vehicle. They can set their own fares.

All licensed drivers and vehicles must undergo stringent checks to ensure that the travelling public are provided with a safe, comfortable and reliable service.

DBS checks

If you apply for a licence, you will need to book an appointment with us to complete an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Licensing fees

A full list of our licensing fees can be found on our prices for council services webpage.

Taxi and private hire licensing policy

Public register

By law, we have to make certain registers of licence holders publicly available.

Application forms

Dual hackney carriage private hire vehicle driver licence

Hackney carriage vehicle licence

Private hire vehicle operator licence

Private hire vehicle licence

Restricted private hire driver's licence

Courier fraud leaflet

Fraudsters have been using unsuspecting couriers and taxi drivers to steal thousands of pounds from elderly or vulnerable members of the public.

If you are, or you know, a taxi driver, we need your help to prevent further crimes and to catch those responsible.
Find out more in the leaflet from Hampshire Constabulary below: