Taxis - Licensed Vehicle


We license hackney carriage vehicles and private hire vehicles with 8 seats or less. We also licence stretched limousines with 8 seats or less and tuk-tuks.

All vehicles have an annual inspection that must be carried out by one of  the approved testing stations. List of Approved Testing Stations and Testing Station Fees.

As well as passing the Driver and Vehicle Standards MOT test, each vehicle must pass our supplementary test. Please download the Supplementary Testing Manual for more details.

Hackney Carriage Vehicles

Hackney carriages meet the legal definition of a ‘taxi’ and are allowed to use the city’s bus lanes.

They can wait on designated taxi ranks and can be flagged down in the street. They are fitted with a meter and the maximum fees are listed in the Hackney Carriage Fare Table

They are purpose-built wheelchair accessible vehicles and the makes and models permitted to be taxis in Derby are approved by the Council’s Licensing Committee and are listed in the hackney carriage vehicle specifications.

The vehicles must meet certain specifications and conditions, and the local byelaws:
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Specifications
• Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence Conditions
• Hackney Carriage Byelaws

Private Hire Vehicles

Must be pre-booked through a licensed private hire operator before a journey starts.

They do not meet the legal definition of a ‘taxi’, so are not permitted to use bus lanes, taxi ranks or be hailed in the street.

Licences for private hire drivers, private hire vehicles and private hire operators must be all issued by the same licensing authority.

The vehicles must meet certain specifications and conditions:
Private Hire Vehicle Specifications
• Private Hire Vehicle Licence Conditions

Executive Car Exemption

You may be able to apply for an executive car exemption. Please read the Executive Car Exemption Policy and the Executive Car Exemption Application Form for more detail.

Modified Vehicles

If your vehicle has been modified since leaving the manufacturer you will require a Voluntary Individual Vehicle Assessment (VIVA) if it hasn’t had one. It will require a normal assessment, not a basic assessment. For more information visit the VIVA webpage. The certificate you get when an assessment has been completed is an important document and should be kept safe.

How do I apply for a new licence?

Check to see if your vehicle meets the current specifications and licence conditions.

Complete either an application for new Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application Form or a new Private Hire Vehicle Application Form. Bring it to the Council House together with the V5 registration document, bill of sale (receipt) and the correct insurance certificate for the type of vehicle.  If you don't have an official receipt, the seller and the buyer of the vehicle must complete a Bill of Sale Form

What are the fees?

Check for all current Taxi Licensing Fees

What must I do if I sell my licensed vehicle?

You must tell us if you sell or transfer your licensed vehicle. Please complete the Licensed Vehicle Transfer Form.

How do I renew my licence?

As an existing licence holder you will receive a renewal reminder approximately 3 months before your licence expires.

I’ve had an accident in my licensed vehicle what do I do?

You must report accidents within 72 hours using the Vehicle Accident Form.

Can I advertise on or in my vehicle?

Please see the Licensed Vehicle Advertising Policy and Licensed Vehicle Advertising Approval Form for more information.

Stretched Limousine and Tuk-Tuk Licences

If you are interested in licensing a stretched limousine with 8 seats or less, or a
tuk-tuk please email the Licensing Team at

Public Registers

Some public registers are available on-line. They are updated at least every three months.  If you have any queries regarding the registers please contact the Licensing Team.

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Public Register

Taxi Trade Meetings 

The next meeting will be arranged after the local elections in May.  Details about the Terms of Reference for the Taxi Licensing Trade Meetings and the agenda will be here when it is available.‌

Previous Agendas

Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda March 2018

Taxi Trade Meeting Agenda December 2017

Previous Minutes

Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes March 2018

Taxi Trade Meeting Minutes December 2017

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Tuesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Thursday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Friday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


Contact details

Post address:
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641951
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street