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Apply for a taxi licence

Find out how to apply for a taxi licence.

Taxis are allowed to pick up fares from the street without pre-booking. Both the taxi and the driver must have separate licences. Find out how to apply for a taxi driver licence.

Before you apply

If you're interested in applying for a taxi licence, contact our Customer First team to check availability on 0141 577 3005 or email:

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a taxi licence, you need a valid taxi driver licence and the vehicle you want to use as a taxi must:

  • be less than 5 years old
  • a maximum of 10 years old
  • have a meter

Please note, taxis need an annual MOT from 1 year old.

When a taxi is 7 years old it needs a MOT every 6 months from its date of registration.

How to apply

An individual or a company/partnership may apply to licence a vehicle.

For company/partnership applications, ID must be submitted for all partners, directors and managers.

To apply, fill out the relevant application form:

pdf icon Individual taxi licence application form [345kb]

pdf icon Company/partnership taxi licence application form [455kb]

To submit your application, bring the completed form along with supporting documents (detailed in the form) to your local Council office.

What happens next

We'll usually process your application within 6 to 8 weeks. The legislation allows for consideration of the application within 3 months and a decision within 6 months.

If you haven't heard from us within this time, contact our Customer First team:

Phone: 0141 577 3005


Useful information

Taxi licence standard conditions [22kb]

Related information

Find out how to update a taxi or private hire licence