Apply for a private hire vehicle licence

Find out how to apply for a private hire vehicle licence.

Eligibility criteria

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

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

Please note, private hire vehicles need an annual MOT from 3 years old.

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

Before you start

Private hire cars must be pre-booked. Both the private hire vehicle and the driver must have separate licences. 

Find out how to apply for a private hire driver licence.

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

Private hire vehicle licence1 April 2020 to 31 March 20211 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
1 year or temporary£210£214
2 years £400£408
3 years£568£579
1 year or temporary (wheelchair accessible vehicle)£210£100
2 years£400£190
3 years£568£280

How to apply

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

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

To apply, fill out the relevant application form:

Please email complete applications to

What happens next?

We'll usually process your application within 6 to 8 weeks.

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, phone our Customer Services team on 0141 577 3005 or email

Last modified on 19 March 2021