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Hackney and private hire proprietor licence

How to apply

Contact Liverpool Direct to make an appointment. When you attend the appointment you must bring with you:

  • A certificate of insurance for the vehicle, which must include for private hire and reward. The document must be in the name of the person who is licensing the vehicle.
  • A certificate of compliance for the vehicle passed by an approved testing station.
  • A fee of £175 for new private hire licence with plate.
  • A fee of £170 for renewal of private hire or hackney vehicle licence.
  • A registration document and proof of ownership.

How long does my licence last for?

Most licences last for one year from the date of issue, however there are a few exceptions:

  • New Private Hire licence for a vehicle under 8 years old. If you licence your vehicle for the first time, the initial expiry date is twelve months less one day from the commencement of the compliance slip.
  • New Private Hire licence for a vehicle over 8 years old. These vehicles are subject to two compliance checks per calendar year. If you licence your vehicle for the first time, then the initial expiry date is six months less one day from the commencement of the compliance slip. You will need to present your vehicle again for a further a compliance test at the end of this period to obtain the remaining six months.
  • New Hackney Carriage licence for a vehicle under 11 years old. If you licence your vehicle for the first time, then the initial expiry date is twelve months less one day from the commencement of the compliance slip.
  • New Hackney Carriage licence for a vehicle over 11 years old. These vehicles are subject to two compliance checks per calendar year. If you licence your vehicle for the first time then the initial expiry date is six months less one day from the commencement of the compliance slip. You will need to present your vehicle again for a further compliance test at the end of this period to obtain the remaining six months.

Can I get a refund on my licence?

When you apply for your licence you pay the licence fee upfront and this is non-refundable, however there are some exceptions below. You can request a refund:

  • For the second part of the six month licence if your vehicle is over the eight or 11 year age limit and you are either replacing the vehicle for a newer model or returning the plate back and surrendering your licence. If you wish to cancel the plate you must return the plate and any paper licence first. You can either post these to us or hand them into the City Centre One Stop Shop. 
  • If you buy a new or different vehicle you will need to buy a new licence. We will then refund any unused months on the licence associated with the first vehicle.

Any refund is worked out on a pro rata basis at the current monthly rate - these must be whole unused months. Refunds are made via BACS transfer so you need to provide your full name, address sort code and account number.

Fees for compliance testing and associated services

Please note compliance books and check sheets are only available for authorised compliance stations.

  1. Compliance certificates - £25 (per book).
  2. Compliance check sheets - Free.
  3. Duplicate compliance course certificates for testers and garages - £10.
  4. New certificate for tester or garage due to transfer of tester or relocation of garage - £10 each.
  5. Full vehicle inspection and photographed evidence report to include vehicle defect/stop notice if required - £99.
  6. Liverpool City Council one day compliance course - £195.
  7. Liverpool City Council bi-annual one day compliance refresher course - £195.
  8. E7 half day awareness course - £75.

Guidance notes and documents