The application procedure for a vehicle licence is the same for either hackney carriage or private hire. Licences are issued for a maximum period of 6 months.

Hackney carriage vehicle licence

Currently, the limit of 187 vehicles has been reached. As such, no further new hackney carriage vehicle licences will be issued.

Once a hackney carriage vehicle licence is licensed, it can only be driven by a hackney carriage driver, licensed by us.

Private hire licence

There is no limit to the number of private hire vehicles licensed within Preston. Once a private hire is licensed, it can only be driven by a private hire driver, licensed by us.

Apply for a new or renewal vehicle licence

You can apply for your new or renewal vehicle licence by completing our online form:

Apply for a new, renewal or replacement taxi vehicle licence

Vehicle licence fees

Type of applicationHackney CarriagePrivate Hire

For additional taxi vehicle licence fee prices please visit taxi licence fees.

Please note that once you have had your vehicle licence for nearly 6 months, we will remind you, in writing, to renew your licence before it expires.

What will I need to include in my application?

You will need to include a copy of the relevant insurance certificate.

Please note: if you are applying for your licence online and do not have a digital copy of the relevant insurance certificate, you can post, or bring your document to the Town Hall.

Alternatively, they can be emailed to us at 

Getting your vehicle tested

You will need to make your own arrangements to have your vehicle examined and tested before we can issue you with a new or renewal vehicle licence.

There are currently six approved garages to undertake taxi vehicle examinations and tests, which are:

NameAddressTelephoneTest open hours
Clock Garage

71 Longridge Road

01772 652223Mon to Fri, 8am - 5.30pm; Sat 8am -1pm
Dal Auto DynamicsUnit C, D & E
Alma Street
01772 254224Mon to Fri. 9am - 5pm; Sat 9am - 1pm
Fleet ServicesVehicle Management
Unit 2
Ribblesdale Trading Estate
Ribbleton Lane
01772 704130Mon to Fri, 8.30am - 5.30pm
Frank Street Garage72 Frank Street
01772 251200Mon to Fri, 8.30am - 5.30pm; Sat 8.30am - 2pm


Preston Bus Limited221 Deepdale Road
01772 550628Mon to Fri, 7.30am - 4.30pm; Sat 7.30am - 12pm
Ribble Valley Service Centre Ltd6-10 Kent Street
01772 556027Mon to Fri, 8.30am - 5.30pm; Sat 8.30am - 12.30pm

Please note: the garage will charge you a fee for this service.

What does the vehicle test include?

The vehicle will be subject to an MOT test and will also need to meet a number of extra standards required by us.

These extra testing standards are detailed in the compliance testing page.

View the Compliance Testing Standards

What happens after my vehicle has been tested?

The garage will notify us of the results of the vehicle test and if the vehicle has passed, then we will receive a compliance certificate. They may also give you a copy of the certificate, together with an MOT certificate, for your own records.

When will I receive my new or renewal vehicle licence?

Your licence, vehicle plates with associated materials, and any original documents will be available for collection from the Town Hall reception no later than 5 working days after we have received the following:

  • vehicle licence application form (and copy of relevant insurance certificate) 
  • vehicle licence fee payment
  • a compliance certificate from the garage you selected for your vehicle test

Please note: you will be contacted by a licensing technician when your licence and associated materials are ready for collection from the Town Hall.

Map address for Preston Town Hall

Preston Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL.