Taxis and private hire vehicles during coronavirus

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

Before applying you should read the licensing guidance notes set out the requirements of applicants.

Apply for a licence

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.

View the guidance notes.

Apply for a driver's licence

You'll need to provide:

You'll also need a Driver Improvement Course certificate. Contact one of our Approved Driving Instructors to book your course:

  • Jeff Parsons on 01305 781018 or 07966506626
  • J Nathan on 01935 815021 or 07851 193665
  • M Lock on 07785 782567

Knowledge test

You'll also be required to complete a knowledge test on the geography of the zone.
You should read the council procedures and conditions as part of the training for your test.

Complete the application form

Complete the driver's licence application form and bring it to your appointment, along with the supporting documents.

Apply for a vehicle licence

The vehicle must:

  • be under 8 years old at the time of the licensing
  • have a valid MOT certificate
  • carry a fire extinguisher and first aid kit
  • be fitted with a meter set to the tariffs of area formerly known as West Dorset District Council (this only applies to hackey carriages) See tariff card.

You'll need to provide:

  • payment of the licence fee
  • vehicle technical inspection report carried out by Rampisham Garage, Rampisham Down, Dorchester DT2 0HT, 01935 83611
  • valid vehicle insurance

Complete the application form

Complete the vehicle licence application form and return it to us along with the supporting documents. 

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

Licence type Fee
New driver (3 year licence) £160
Renewal driver (3 year licence) £160
Online DBS Check £52
New HC or PH vehicle (1 year licence) £215.25
Renewal of HC or PH vehicle (1 year licence) £107.60
New or renewal operator (5 year licence) £340
Vehicle transfer £31.20
Vehicle ownership change £11
Replacement plate £15.75
Replacement platform £7.85
Replacement driver badge £11
Knowledge Test £32.50

Taxi fares/tariff cards

View the taxi fares and charges.

Printable tariff card download.

Wheelchair accessible vehicles

The following taxi drivers offer wheelchair accessible vehicles:

Aline Taxis: 01305 264747

Bobs Cars Taxis: 01305 269500

Toms Taxis: 01305 818388

Contact us

Contact us to make an appointment during these times:

  • Weymouth: Monday - 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
  • Dorchester: Friday - 9am to 1pm and 2pm and 4pm

Licensing Office - North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Email: licensingteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 838028
Full contact details

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