As well as having a hackney carriage (taxi) or private hire vehicle driver's licence, your vehicle must also be licensed to work within one of our zones.

A vehicle licence costs £190.

Apply for a licence

Read the Taxi Licensing Policy and National Inspection Standard before you apply for a licence.

Choose the area where you'll be driving your taxi or private hire vehicle.

Purbeck area 

Download an application form. Once you've completed the form, send it to us.

Contact us to pay for your licence over the phone.

East Dorset area

If this is your first time applying for a licence with us, you'll need to register for an account when you apply online.

If you are an existing customer, contact us to get an activation key to view your past applications, so you don't have to re-enter your details.

You pay for the licence when you apply.

Apply now

The rest of Dorset 

If this is your first time applying for a licence with us, you'll need to register for an account when you apply online.

If you are an existing customer, contact us to get an activation key to view your past applications, so you don't have to re-enter your details.

You pay for the licence when you apply.

Apply now

After you apply

Once you have applied and paid for your licence, you need to email us a copy of the following documents:

  • a current MOT certificate
  • the insurance document for the vehicle
  • the V5 Document for the vehicle

You must also arrange for the vehicle to be inspected at an approved garage and send us the inspection report.

We will only consider your application once we've received all of the relevant documentation and payment.

Approved garages

Book an inspection at one of these approved garages:

  • CPR Vehicle Services, Blandford Forum
  • Blandford Heights MOT and Service Centre, Blandford Forum 
  • Sunrise Motor Group-REVTEC, Blandford Forum
  • Motorcare, Bridport
  • Casterbridge Motor Group, Dorchester
  • Rainbow Garage Winfrith, Dorchester 
  • Rampisham Garage, Dorchester
  • Longham Motor Engineers, Ferndown
  • Gillingham Tyre Services, Gillingham
  • Bascombe Motor Services, Portland
  • Bowers Garage, Portland
  • Easton Motor Services, Portland
  • Island Motor Services LTD, Portland
  • DCM Tyres LTD, Shaftesbury
  • Melbury Motors, Shaftesbury
  • Walbridge Motor Company, Sturminster Newton 
  • Swanage Tyres and Tuning Ltd, Swanage
  • Purbeck Motors, Wareham 
  • Wool & Bovington Motors, Wareham
  • Autotek, Weymouth
  • Bluebird Coaches, Weymouth
  • Auto Maintenance, Weymouth 
  • Marsh Road Garages, Weymouth
  • Lynch Lane Car Care, Weymouth
  • Bartletts Motor Technician, Weymouth
  • MOT Stop LTD, Weymouth
  • Kennedys Bodyshop, Weymouth
  • South Coast Auto Solutions, Weymouth 
  • Class Bodyworks, Weymouth 
  • Winterbourne Abbas Tyre and Auto Services, Winterbourne Abbas
  • 3 Cross MOT Centre, Wimborne 
  • Minster Mechanics, Wimborne
  • Witchampton Garage, Wimborne
  • Alan Carter Motor Engineering, Wimborne
  • Dorset Jaguar Centre, Wimborne

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