Hackney carriage vehicle (taxi) licences

To operate your vehicle as a taxi you need to get it licensed.

Hackney Carriage (taxi) vehicles

  • can be hailed immediately (or pre-booked) by customers
  • can use the designated taxi ranks anywhere within the Forest of Dean District Council area
  • have maximum meter fares set by the council

Requirements of licence

  • For new and transfer applications the vehicle must be less than 5 years old from date of first registration.
  • For renewal applications the vehicle must be less than 15 years old from date of first registration.
  • The vehicle must be fitted with a meter, roof signs, no smoking signs, first aid kit and fire extinguisher

Wheelchair accessible vehicles are exempt from the Age Policy. Specialist vehicles such as purpose built hackney carriage, Rolls Royce or stretched limousines may also be exempt from the age policy at the discretion of the Licensing Officers.

Documents required with application

  • Insurance showing that you are covered for hire and reward/public hire use
  • Meter calibration certificate
  • An MOT (unless the vehicle is less than 1 year old from registration date)
  • V5 (or proof of purchase)
  • Completed application form (when you sign this you are agreeing to our conditions which can be found in the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy)
  • LOLER and weight test certificate (wheelchair accessible vehicles only)

Hackney carriage licence fee

The fees are:

  • £246 for a new licence*
  • £180 to renew a licence*

*a 40% discount is applied to wheelchair accessible vehicles

Please return your completed application form, documents and fee by:

  • email (pay by phone) the ERS Team
  • post or deliver to: Environmental and Regulatory Services, Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Glos, GL16 8HG

Your licence will be processed within 5 working days.

Taxi licence renewals

Please make sure that you know your licence expiry date. Renewal documents will not be provided so as the licence holder it's your responsibility to:

  • download the application form from this page
  • make sure you return the form to Environmental and Regulatory Services (ERS) 7 working days before the licence expires

If you allow your licence to expire you will need to submit a new application rather than a renewal and new application criteria will apply.

Transfers of vehicle licences

Transfers follow the same requirements as new vehicles and will be processed within 1 working day.

Transfer vehicle fees

Type Fee
Temporary Vehicle (Insurance Company) £246.00
Transfer vehicle licence to another person £25.00
Transfer vehicle to another vehicle (1 year)   £180.00
Transfer vehicle to another vehicle (remainder of plate)  £86.00
Change of Registration Number      £86.00

Other vehicle fees

Type Fee
Replacement Vehicle Internal Plate £28.00
Replacement Vehicle External Plate £33.00
Replacement bracket   £10.00
Administration charge for any other requests £25.00

We will not refund any licences