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Private hire vehicle licence

A private hire vehicle licence is required for a vehicle that wishes to be pre-booked. All private hire vehicles must be driven by a person who holds a HCV/PHV drivers licence. We can only issue a private hire vehicle licence for vehicles that operate within the district. All vehicles will be subject to inspections.

Apply, renew, transfer or vary

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

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.

Once you have applied online you will be required to submit the following documents to [email protected];

  • insurance certificate
  • V5C vehicle registration document (log book)
  • MOT certificate dated within 28 days of an inspection appointment
  • Councils inspection form

The Council approved testing station may submit these documents on your behalf.

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 Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing policy please contact your local office:

West Northamptonshire Council (Daventry area)
Lodge Road
Daventry
NN11 4FP
email: [email protected]

West Northamptonshire Council (Northampton area)
The Guildhall
St Giles' Square
Northampton
NN1 1DE
email: [email protected]

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

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

Policy

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.

Last updated 23 February 2024