Taxis and private hire vehicles during coronavirus

Read the latest coronavirus advice on taxi and private hire vehicles for drivers passengers.

Apply for a driver's licence

Before you apply, you should read the Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licensing Procedure.

You'll need to provide:

Knowledge and suitability interview

You'll also need to attend and pass the knowledge and suitability interview. The interview is in two parts and conducted in English. 

If you are applying for a Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence, you'll only need to sit the second part of the knowledge and suitability interview.

The first part tests your knowledge of streets, locations, attractions, entertainment venues and general geography of the area. You'll need to identify the location of at least 3 popular destinations and accurately describe at least 3 routes between given locations.

The second part tests your knowledge of relevant regulations, numeracy, and character. It will also help us to assess your general suitability. You'll be required to answer a series of questions based on the Licensing Policy and Guidance.

Complete the application form

Complete the driver's licence application form and return it to us

Apply for a vehicle licence

You'll need to provide:

  • payment of the licence fee
  • the inspection report and MOT certificate from an approved garage

Vehicles can be tested at the following garages:

vehicle test garages

Garage Address Telephone No

Purbeck Ford

Corfe Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AA

01929 552151

St Michael's Garage

Valley Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3DX

01929 480221

Wool and Bovington Motors

Dorchester Road, Wool, Dorchester, Dorset BH20 6EH

01929 462248

Contact the garage for their fees.

Complete the application form

Complete the vehicle licence application form and return it to us

Transfer a licensed vehicle 

If you sell or transfer your vehicle you need to let us know by completing the Transfer of Interest in a Licensed Vehicle application form

Apply for a private hire operator licence

You'll need to provide payment of the licence fee.

Complete the private hire operators licence application form and return it to us.

Licence fees

Vehicle licence fees

Type of licence/service Cost
Licence plate (new application) £161
Temporary licence plate (3 months) £35
Replacement/amendment/transfer of interest £10

Drivers licence fees

Type of licence/service  Cost
Knowledge and Suitability Interview £104
Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB)  £56 (unless you choose the online option)
Licence fee (3 Years) £127
Annual licence £56
Replacement/amendment badge £5

Renewal fees

Type of licence/service Cost
Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) £56 (unless you choose the online option)
Annual licence £56
Replacement/amendment badge £5

Operators licence fees

Type of licence/service Cost
Private Hire Operator Licence for 1 year £87
Private Hire Operator Licence for 5 years £400

Taxi fares

View the taxi fares and charges.

Register of licensed drivers, vehicles and private hire operators

View the register of licensed drivers

View the register of licensed vehicles

View the register of licensed private hire operators

Contact us

Westport House opening hours

Westport House opening hours
Day Times

Monday to Thursday

8.45am to 4.45pm

Friday

8.45am to 4.15pm

Saturday and Sunday

Closed

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