New taxi plates, plate renewals and transfers

Taxi proprietors are responsible for making sure their vehicles have licence plates that are up to date.

New plates for private hire vehicles

A new plate is required for a private hire vehicle that has never been licensed in Liverpool. The cost of a new plate is £175.00.

How do I apply for a new plate?

To apply for a new private hire licence plate you must have the following:

  • A current valid original insurance certificate covering the vehicle for use for private hire purposes only. It must state the registration number of the vehicle to be licensed. We cannot accept faxes or photocopies.
  • Photographic ID for all the people applying for the plate.
  • Approved list of directors and articles of association if the vehicle is licensed to a company.
  • Certificate of Compliance issued and stamped by an approved test station. This certificate is valid for 30 days only and can only be used once.
  • An MOT certificate for the vehicle, no older than 30 days.
  • V5 log book to determine the age of the vehicle.

Please note: If your private hire vehicle is designed for more than four passengers it must be inspected before you apply for a new plate at the Liverpool Food Hub, Electric Avenue, L11 0EN on a Monday or Thursday between 2-3pm.

When you are ready to apply, please book an appointment at the City Centre One Stop Shop. Failure to bring any of the above documents to your appointment will mean that you will be turned away.

Book an appointment online

Alternatively, you can book your appointment by calling 0151 233 3015. Remember to bring all your documents and the fee along with you.

Renewing a private hire or Hackney licence plate

You must renew a private hire or Hackney licence plate every year. You can renew the plate from one month before it is due to expire. The cost of renewing a licence plate is £170.00

Please note: If your private hire vehicle is over eight years old or Hackney cab is over 11 year old, the plate must be renewed every six months.

How do I apply to renew a plate?

To apply for a renewal you must have the following:

  • A current valid original insurance certificate covering the vehicle for use for private hire purposes only. It must state the registration number of the vehicle to be licensed. We cannot accept faxes or photocopies.
  • Photographic ID for all the people applying for the plate.
  • Approved list of directors and articles of association if the vehicle is licensed to a company.
  • Certificate of Compliance issued and stamped by an approved test station. This certificate is valid for 30 days only and can only be used once.
  • An MOT certificate for the vehicle, no older than 30 days.
  • V5 log book to determine the age of the vehicle.
  • The old plate for both Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles. 

When you are ready to apply, please book an appointment at the City Centre One Stop ShopFailure to bring any of the above documents and the old plate to your appointment will mean that you will be turned away.

Book an appointment online

Alternatively, you can book your appointment by calling 0151 233 3015. Remember to bring all your documents and the fee along with you.

Transferring a plate

To transfer the ownership of a plate, both parties must come into the City Centre One Stop Shop and the new proprietor must bring valid certificate of insurance with them that covers the vehicle for private or Hackney hire, issued in their name. The transfer fee is £50.00.

When you are ready to apply, please book an appointment at the City Centre One Stop Shop.

Book an appointment online

Alternatively, you can book your appointment by calling 0151 233 3015. Remember to bring all your documents and the fee along with you.

Change of vehicle

If you want to change your private hire or Hackney vehicle, the vehicle you must have the following:

  • A valid certificate of insurance - covering the car for use as a private hire vehicle issued in your name.
  • A certificate of compliance - dated within than 30 days of its issue.
  • The log book or bill of sale for the new vehicle.
  • The current plate – if it’s still in date.

Please note: If the vehicle is designed for more than four passengers it must be inspected before you apply to change the vehicle at the Liverpool Food Hub, Electric Avenue, L11 0EN on a Monday or Thursday between 2-3pm.

The annual fee is £170.00. If your private hire vehicle is over eight years old or Hackney cab is over 11 year old, the plate must be renewed every six months.

When you are ready to apply, please book an appointment at the City Centre One Stop Shop.

Book an appointment online

Alternatively, you can book your appointment by calling 0151 233 3015. Remember to bring all your documents and the fee along with you.

Guidance notes