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 which 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. Read instructions on how to register.

Apply for a driver's licence

You'll need to provide:

You'll need to provide a Driving Improvement Course certificate. Contact one of our approved driving instructors to book:

  • A Sykes on 01305 259999 or mobile: 07751 960300
  • J Nathan on 01935 815021 or mobile: 07851 193665
  • M Lock on mobile: 07785 782567

You'll also be required to complete a knowledge test on the geography of the zone. read the licensing guidance notes for more information. You should also 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 for the area formerly known as Weymouth and Portland Borough Council (this only applies to hackney carriages)
  • vehicle insurance

You'll need to provide:

Complete the application form

Complete the vehicle licence application form and bring it to your appointment, 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

Type of licence/service Cost
New driver (Hackney or Private Hire) 3 year licence  £174
Driver renewal (Hackney or Private Hire) 3 year licence  £174
New Private Hire Vehicle (includes plate and platform)  £170
Private Hire Vehicle renewal (includes plate)  £136.50
New Hackney Carriage Vehicle (includes plate and platform) (limit 80 plates) £170
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Renewal (includes plate)  £136.50
New Private Hire Operator 5 Year licence  £426
Private Hire Operator Renewal 5 Year licence  £426
Vehicle transfer (change of vehicle or temporary) (includes plate)  £63
Change of vehicle ownership  £11
Replacement driver badge  £11
Replacement plate  £15.75
Replacement platform  £7.85
Adhesive platform attachment  £7.35
Disclosure and Barring Services Check (online with GBG Services)  £52
DVLA Check (if online check unsuccessful)  £6.75
Knowledge Test (initial and re-test)  £32.50
Driving Assessment (1 and a half hours) (payable to the examiner, not the council)  £39.00
Medical Examination (Payable to GP, charges will vary)  £50.00+

Taxi tariffs

View the taxi fares and charges.

Wheelchair accessible vehicles

The following taxi drivers offer wheelchair accessible vehicles:

Mr S Burt: 07791 534415

Elliot MCKeon: 07795 076239

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

Tel: 01305 838028
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