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North Dorset Zone - apply for a taxi or private hire vehicle licence

Our Taxi Licensing Policy is used to decide whether or not a licence is granted. 

Driver's licence

Before you start

You'll need to provide:

You will also need a driving qualification (DSA Taxi test, BTEC, PSV, HGV, CPC or advanced motorist test). Contact one of our approved driving instructors to book:

  • Dennis Griffin (based in Gillingham) - 07714 323254 
  • Alistar Pickett (based in Blandford) - 07810 591590 

If you live outside of the North Dorset Zone you'll be required to undertake a knowledge test which is based on the geography of the area and the information in the taxi licensing booklet.

Apply for a driver's licence

Complete the online application. If you have not had a licence or permit with the council before, you will need to register. If you are an existing customer, contact us to get an activation key which will allow you to view your past applications and save you re-entering all of your details.

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Vehicle licence

Before you start

You should read the National Inspection Standard before you apply, which we have adopted as the required standard for any licensed vehicle.

You'll need to provide:

  • payment of £116 for a taxi licence or £109 for a private hire vehicle licence
  • the inspection report and MOT certificate from an approved garage
  • the insurance document for the vehicle

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

Apply for a vehicle licence

Complete the online application. If you have not had a licence or permit with the council before, you will need to register. If you are an existing customer, contact us to get an activation key which will allow you to view your past applications and save you re-entering all of your details.

Start now

Private hire operator licence

Before you start

You'll need to provide:

  • payment of £360 for a 5 year licence
  • a basic disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (not required if you already have a drivers licence with us)

Apply for a private hire operator licence

Complete the online application. If you have not had a licence or permit with the council before, you will need to register. If you are an existing customer, contact us to get an activation key which will allow you to view your past applications and save you re-entering all of your details.

Start now

Licence fees

Vehicle licence fees

Vehicle licence fees
Type of licence/serviceCost
Hackney Carriage Licence Fee £116 
Private Hire Licence Fee  £109 
Plate Holder £14 (£7.50 for plate holder, £6.50 for stick on bracket) 
Replacement Plate £30
Replacement Licence £10.50

Driver licence fees

Driver licence fees
Type of licence/serviceCost
New Hackney Carriage Driver £206
New Private Hire Driver £200
New Joint PH/HC Licence £320
Renewal – PH or HC licence £164
Renewal – Joint PH & HC Licence £296
Replacement Badge £15
Replacement Licence £10.50

Operator licence fees

Operator licence fees
Type of licence/serviceCost
Private Hire Operator £360
Replacement Licence £10.50

Taxi fares

View the taxi fares and charges.

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