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Taxi and minicab licence

We've made a few changes to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licences:

  • You can temporarily choose to get your medical from a third-party provider instead of your GP. These companies charge a fee for this service. The third-party must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).
  • The provider will need:
    • A summary of your medical records - you need to get from your GP.
    • A medical declaration form to complete - you can find it on this page.
    • A D4 medical form to take to your appointment - you can get this from your third party provider's website. If you struggle to get this form, please contact your medical provider directly.
  • There are no changes to the conditions of Hackney Carriage or Private Hire taxi licences.
  • View our COVID-19 guidance for taxi drivers and operators

We understand this is a very difficult time for your trade and we thank you for your co-operation.

Renew your driver's licence

Please don't delay applying to renew your licence. We recommend you apply 6 weeks before your current licence is due to expire.

To apply to renew your Private Hire or Hackney Carriage driver's licence:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. If you need to submit a new medical with your application and can't get an appointment with your GP, you can temporarily choose to get your medical from a third party provider instead. You'll need to give the provider a medical declaration form to complete - you can find it on this page.
  3. We'll process your application then ring you to take payment over the phone. We aim to do this within 5 working days.
  4. If we renew your licence, you can collect it from the office during our opening hours.
Renew your Private Hire or Hackney Carriage driver's licence (opens in a new window)

Approved vehicle standards

The public must be safe and comfortable while travelling in a licensed vehicle. Therefore, we'll only approve applications for vehicles that meet our approved standards.

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Vehicle licence applications

To apply for your first vehicle licence or to renew your vehicle licence:

  1. Complete the online form for either Private Hire applications or Hackney Carriage applications.
  2. We'll contact you to arrange a time to test your vehicle. We aim to do this within 5 working days.
  3. If you fail to attend your vehicle test, it will result in extra fees. It could also result in a long delay for another appointment due to the number of vehicles we're currently testing.
  4. If your licence is granted, you can collect it from the office during our opening hours.
Private Hire vehicle licence applications and renewals (opens in a new window).Hackney Carriage vehicle licence applications and renewals (opens in a new window)

First driver's licence applications

To apply for your first Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver's licence:

  1. Complete the online form below.
  2. We'll ring you to take payment over the phone within 5 working days of receiving your form.
  3. Once you've paid, we'll process your application and arrange an interview for you to bring in your original documents to complete the relevant security checks. This usually takes around 20 minutes.
  4. If your application is approved, we'll arrange a coaching session and test.
  5. If your application is refused, we'll let you know the reasons why and what your options are.
Apply for your first Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver's licence (opens in a new window)

Make a taxi or minicab licence enquiry

Please help us to better manage demand by reading the information on this page to answer your questions.

  1. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please email us your enquiry.
  2. Only contact us about an application after you've waited at least 7 working days from the date you emailed it to us.
  3. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 5 working days but it may sometimes take us longer.
Email lic.applications@rochdale.gov.uk to make a licence enquiry

Transfer a vehicle licence to a new vehicle

To transfer a Private Hire vehicle licence to a new vehicle:

  1. Complete the online form for either a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire licence below.
  2. We'll process your application then ring you to take payment over the phone and arrange an appointment for a vehicle test. We aim to do this within 5 working days.
  3. If you fail to attend your vehicle test, it will result in extra fees. It could also result in a long delay for another appointment due to the number of vehicles we're currently testing.
  4. If your new vehicle passes the test, send a copy of the pass sheet to us by emailing lic.applications@rochdale.gov.uk. Then we'll issue a new vehicle licence to you.
  5. If your new vehicle fails the test, the test centre will tell you the reasons why and we cannot licence your new vehicle. You can write to us to request a refund or you can appeal the decision by writing to Magistrates Court.
Private Hire vehicle licence transfer form (opens in a new window).Hackney Carriage vehicle licence transfer form (opens in a new window)

Change the owner of a licensed vehicle

To change the owner of a licensed Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle:

  1. The licence must have at least 3 months left before it expires.
  2. Complete the change of ownership online form below.
  3. We'll process your change then ring you to take payment over the phone. We aim to do this within 5 working days.
  4. Once you've paid, complete the relinquish interest form below.
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Forms​ and documents to support your application

Private Hire business operator licence

You must obtain the necessary planning permission for your premises​ before applying for a private h​ire operator licence.

Apply for a Private Hire business operator's licence (opens in a new window)

Relevance of convictions​

This document aims to provide transparency concerning the relevance of convictions and other matters.​

Contact

Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Licensing office opening times

You can collect your licences, plates and badges from the office on:

  • Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Thursdays, 2pm-4pm