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Taxi and minicab licence

Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxi and minicab licence updates

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

  • You can not apply for a new driver's licence at the moment.
  • The licensing office is closed. This means you can't collect your licence or badge. We'll send them to you in the post instead.
  • You can still apply to renew an existing licence. Please use the information on this page to apply.
  • Vehicle testing resumed at our testing station on Monday, 3 August 2020.
  • If you're using a temporary 6 month licence and plate, you should have received a Vehicle Test Letter from us which explains how to book a vehicle test. If you've not received this letter, please email to request one.
  • 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. We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and update this website if anything changes.

Find out about taxi and minicab licences in the borough and how to apply.

Consultation on proposed taxi licensing standards

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has developed a proposed set of common licensing standards for taxi and private hire vehicles in Greater Manchester.

The proposed standards are designed to make services safer and more customer-focused. They look at 4 main areas: drivers, vehicles, operators and local authorities.

Driver licence renewal applications

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 relevant application form below and email it to us with all the supporting documents listed on the form.
  2. If you need to submit a new medical with your application and can't get an appointment with your GP, you can complete the 'medical declaration form' on this page and include it with your application.
  3. Please also include your current DBS Certificate and complete the 'legal declaration' form on this page.
  4. Please ensure you email all the documents in one email. Please do not send multiple emails as this can cause delays in processing applications.
  5. You should get an automatic response to your email to let you know we've received it.
  6. We'll process your application then ring you to take payment over the phone. We aim to do this within 5 working days.
  7. If we renew your licence, we'll send your badge to you in the post the following working day.
Private Hir​e driver's lice​nce renewal (196kb pdf)​​​.Hackney Carriage driver's licence renewal (194kb pdf)

Vehicle licence applications

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

  1. Complete the relevant application form and email it to us with the all supporting documents listed on the form.
  2. Please ensure you email all the documents in one email. Please do not send multiple emails as this can cause delays in processing applications.
  3. You should get an automatic response to your email to let you know we've received it.
  4. We'll contact you to arrange a time to test your vehicle. We aim to do this within 5 working days.
  5. 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 amount of vehicles we're currently testing.
  6. If your licence is granted, we'll email your licence and conditions to you by email. Your plate will be sent to you in the post, unless we tell you otherwise.
Private Hire vehicle licence application and renewal​ (245kb pdf)Hackney Carriage vehicle licence application and renewal​ ​(207kb pdf)

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. If you still can't find what you're looking for, please email us your enquiry.

However, please don't contact us about an application until at least 7 working days after you emailed it to us.

We aim to respond to all enquiries within 5 working days but it may sometimes take us longer.

Email to make a licence enquiry

Change of vehicle application forms

Forms​ and documents to support your application

Private Hire business operator licence

​Please note that you must obtain the necessary planning permission for your premises​ before applying for a private h​ire operator licence.

Relevance of convictions​

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

Proposed changes to how taxis are licensed

In 2018, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) proposed some changes to how taxis and private hire vehicles are licensed by creating a new set of licensing standards for Greater Manchester. These proposed standards would help taxis align with the Clean Air Plan proposals to tackle air pollution.

However, GMCA has decided not to move forward with these changes until the government makes a decision about what funding will be available to help upgrade taxis and private hire vehicles. This means the consultation on the proposed standards which was planned for 2019 won't go ahead.

We'll continue to engage with the trade on development of both the Clean Air Plan and the proposed taxi licence standards for Greater Manchester while GMCA seek clarity from the government around what funding will be available.

In meantime, you can still:


Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU