Private hire vehicles

Private hire vehicle licence

Before starting your application for a private hire vehicle licence, we strongly advise you to read the West Suffolk Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy.

If you want to run a private hire vehicle service then you will need a licence. A private hire vehicle licence is valid for one year. Each driver will also need a private hire driver licence.

The applicant for a private hire vehicle licence must work for a private hire operator, licensed by the same authority, who takes the bookings.

Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle changes

If you need to make changes to your vehicle licence:

  • transfer of vehicle licence (change of ownership)
  • licence change of details
  • change of licence type (same vehicle)
  • change of vehicle on existing licence
  • change of registration mark on existing licence

visit our Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle changes page.

Fee, charges and vehicle examiners

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