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Apply for, or renew, a taxi vehicle licence


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, or renew, a taxi vehicle licence

Vehicle licence fees

  • New Hackney Carriage vehicle licence - £130
  • New Private Hire vehicle licence - £135
  • Renewal Hackney Carriage vehicle licence - £110
  • Renewal Private Hire vehicle licence - £100
  • Vehicle licence transfer for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire - £45

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

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 ask your broker to email a copy to

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 five approved garages to undertake taxi vehicle examinations and tests, which are:

Clock Garage

Clock Garage is based on 71 Longridge Road, Preston, PR2 6RH.

Contact number is 01772 652223 and they are open Monday to Friday, 7am - 5.30pm and Saturday 7am -12pm.

Dal Auto Dynamics

Dal Auto Dynamics is based on Unit C, D and E Alma Street, Preston, PR1 1UH.

Contact number is 01772 254224 and they are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am -12pm.

Frank Street Garage

Frank Street Garage is based on 72 Frank Street, Preston, PR1 1PB.

Contact number is 01772 251200 and they are open Monday to Saturday, 8.30am - 5.30pm.

Ribble Valley Service Centre Limited

Ribble Valley Service Centre Limited is based on 6 -10 Kent Street, Preston, PR1 1PJ.

Contact number is 01772 556027 and they are open Monday to Friday, 8am - 5.30pm and Saturday 8.30am - 12.30pm.

Please note: the garages above, 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 renewed 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 10 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.

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