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Hackney carriage vehicle licence

A hackney carriage vehicle licence is required for a vehicle which can

All hackney carriage vehicles must be driven by a person who holds a HCV/PHV drivers badge. We can only issue hackney carriage vehicle licences for vehicles that operate within the district. All vehicles will be subject to inspection.

Apply, renew, transfer or vary a licence

You will be required to make an account when applying online. This is to enable you to save your application and come back to it later.

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • completed application form
  • insurance certificate
  • V5C vehicle registration document (log book)
  • MOT certificate dated within 28 days of an inspection appointment
  • application fee
  • certificate of compliance issued by the relevant garage (Daventry vehicles only)

Our fees can be found on page 47 of Appendix D of our Fee and Charging schedule.

You can apply online for all driver/vehicle licences in the Northampton licensing portal with your existing login credentials.

If you wish to apply as a new driver, or if this is your first time using the online portal you will need to register first.

You will be able to pay for your licence fee during the online application process. 

Please email [email protected] if you require a process guide to help you register or complete an online application.

Change of details

Notify us of any change of details or request a replacement licence, badge or plate

Report a collision or damage

You will be required to have an account to report your collision to enable you to save your form and come back to it at a later time. If you have submitted a vehicle application since September 2021 you will already have an account.

If you need to see a copy of the current Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing policy please contact your local office:

West Northamptonshire Council (Daventry area)
The Abbey Centre
NN11 4XG
email: [email protected]

West Northamptonshire Council (Northampton area)
The Guildhall
St Giles' Square
email: [email protected]

West Northamptonshire Council (South Northamptonshire area)
The Forum
Moat Lane
NN12 6AD
email: [email protected]

The following policy will come into force from 1 April 2024.

See our Licensing Policy page for our current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy.

You may find our current hackney carriage (taxi) tariff and privacy notice useful.

Last updated 16 July 2024