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Private hire licence

Booking your test

The first step in applying for your Private hire licence is to book your car in for a test. You can do this by 

  • Calling us on 0115 901 3971 to confirm your booking you'll need to make payment over the phone so have your debit card ready.
  • In person at the Civic Centre, Arnot Hill Park, NG5 6LU you'll be able to pay in cash, with a cheque or with your debit card at our kiosk. 

Please note we don't currently accept credit cards. Visit our Application fees page to see how much it costs. 

Once your booking is confirmed we'll send you all the details of what you need to do. Before your test make sure you read our vehicle specification and inspection manual to make sure your vehicle passes with flying colours. Our private hire vehicle licence conditions  outlines exactly what you need to do to meet the conditions.  


You can cancel or move your test for free anytime up up to two working days before the test. After that your fee cannot be refunded or transferred to another appointment. 

On the day of your test

You'll need to bring your vehicle to our workshop at Jubilee House, Nottingham Road, Arnold. Please arrive on time, if you're late you'll miss your appointment and you wont be refunded. We'll need to see some documents before we a test your car so please bring with you

  • Your log book or if your vehicle is new the green new owner slip.
  • Your current MOT certificate, unless your car is under a year old.
  • Details of your Public Hire insurance.
  • Your current Taxi Driver badge
  • A meter calibration certificate
  • Wheelchair lift/hoist test certificate if applicable.

If you don't bring the correct documents we won't be able to issue your vehicle with a licence. To drive a vehicle with one of our vehicle licenses you'll need a one of our .

Current licence holders 

We'll send you a reminder letter three months before your vehicle licence is due for renewal, you'll need to book in a test as soon as possible after receiving the letter. 

If you lose a plate we can replace this for you for £52 give us a call on 0115 901 3971 to arrange this. 

If you move house or get a new vehicle you'll need to give us a call so we can update your details. See our Application fees page for more information.

For more information read our Taxi licencing policy

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers Conditions