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.

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.

Please note, the process for vehicles that are 7 years old to recieve a MOT every 6 months from the date of registration has been suspended for 2 years.

Before you start

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

Taxi 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/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:

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 0141 577 3005 or email

Last modified on 14 April 2021