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Renew a driver or vehicle licence

You will need to renew both your drivers licence and the licence for your vehicle on a regular basis.

Renewing a driver's licence

Application Process for Renewal of Combined Driver Licence [70KB]

Licences to drive hackney carriages and private hire vehicles need to be renewed annually or three yearly. We will send one reminder out to you 60 days before your licence is due to expire. 

We will also need to complete a DBS form every 3 years. Medical assessments need to carried out every 3 years; annually if you are over 65. It is your duty to make sure that all information that we request is provided. If you don't provide full details, your licence application will be rejected.

All drivers licensed with the authority prior to 1st November 2017  must complete a BTEC Level 2 Qualification in the introduction to the role of the Professional Taxi or Private Hire Driver OR the NVQ Level 2 certificate in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving (Taxi and Private Hire Driver) OR an equivalent qualification no later than 1st November 2019. Failure to obtain the qualification within this period will mean that your licence will not be renewed after this date. Current licences will only be renewed up to this date regardless of how long you pay for. The Licensing Authority does not place any restriction on where the BTEC or NVQ qualification is obtained, as long as it meets the criteria above. The Authority does not provide access to BTEC /NVQ Training and it is up to the individual applicant to source their own training provision within the timescale set.

Fees

Renewals cost:

  • £75 for one year
  • £150 for three years

How to apply

Drivers Licence Renewal Application Form [87KB]

You'll need to fill in an application form and complete any other relevant documents. You have to bring in the completed application form to one of the weekly drop in sessions.

Renewing a licence for a vehicle

Licences for vehicles need to be renewed regularly, regardless of whether it is a private hire vehicle or a hackney carriage. All renewal applications must be submitted to the council no less than 14 days before expiry of the current vehicle licence.

 Application Process for Hackney Carriage Vehicle [64KB]

Application Process for Private Hire Vehicle [65KB]

Fees

Renewals cost:

  • £180.00 fee for 12 months

If your plates are lost or stolen there is a £10 for replacement plates, badge or decal.

How to apply

You will need to complete an application form, which we will usually send out to you with your renewal reminder. If you have lost your form or have never received one see below -

Renewal of Hackney carriage vehicle licence [72KB]

Renewal of Private hire vehicle licence [80KB]

MOT tests

We need to see an MOT certificate from you every 6 months.