Taxi licence

Apply for a taxi vehicle licence

How to apply for a vehicle licence

We're currently receiving a high volume of applications. After you've completed your application, please give us at least 7 days to process it.

We appreciate this can be frustrating, but please bear with us. Contacting us to chase your application can delay things further.

To apply, you'll need:

  • a vehicle under 5 years old (if your vehicle is older, we won't be able to progress your application)
  • vehicle insurance certificate
  • logbook (V5C)

Apply online for a vehicle licence

Please note: Incomplete applications will be refused. You must ensure that documents submitted are valid and up to date.

More about vehicle requirements

Please download our licence conditions for more information:

Book your compliance test or MOT

The current authorised depots for compliance testing are:

Houghton Regis

Thorn Turn MOT Station
Grendall Lane
Houghton Regis


Sandy MOT Station
Beamish Close
SG19 1SD

Book a test and find out more about our test centres.

Vehicle plates and badges

Vehicle plates and driver badges will be issued once all checks are complete. Driver badges and vehicle plates are posted to the driver’s home address.

Vehicle plates will be made as soon as possible after we receive the certificate of compliance.

Guidance for hackney carriage and private hire vehicles

The government's guidance for transport operators includes self-employed taxi and private hire vehicles.

The Local Government Association's guidance regarding protective screens covers hackney carriage and private hire vehicles.


Renewal applications should be made no later than 10 working days prior to your licence's expiry date. Once we've got your application, we'll authorise you to book a mechanical test at either Luton Borough Council’s Transport Depot or Bedford Borough Council’s Transport Depot.

Vehicle licences cannot be issued until we've got the Certificate of Compliance. Although every effort will be made to issue a licence and plate straight away, there may be occasions when this is not possible. Please give us a minimum of 7 working days, from receipt of your Certificate of Compliance, to issue the vehicle licence and plate.

You're responsible for ensuring that the Certificate of Compliance is given to us. The transport depots do not issue the Certificate of Compliance directly to us.

Renewal vehicles must pass their annual inspection before the expiry date of their current licence.

Any vehicle not tested before its current licence expires will be dealt with as a new application.

Application form and guidance notes

Hackney carriage conditions (PDF)

Private hire vehicle conditions (PDF)

Special event vehicle conditions (PDF 6KB)

Byelaws for hackney carriages (PDF 40.5KB)