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Weymouth and Portland Zone - apply for a taxi or private hire vehicle licence

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

Apply for a driver's licence

You'll need to provide:

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 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

Licence fees
Type of licence/serviceCost
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)  £56
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)  £37.50
Medical Examination (Payable to GP, charges will vary)  £50.00+

Taxi fares

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

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