Apply for a New Private Hire Vehicle Licence

Apply for a New Private Hire Vehicle Licence

All vehicles shall have the vehicle category of M1 and an appropriate ‘type approval’ which is GB Type Approval or European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)

The Licensing Authority strongly advise that you should not enter a financial agreement to purchase a vehicle to be licenced without first requesting written confirmation from the Licensing Authority that the specific make and model or vehicle conversion meets the minimum standard. This may require presentation of the vehicle to the Licensing Authority for inspection.

No new or replacement  vehicle will be granted a licence, unless compliant with the stipulations of the Newcastle upon Tyne Clean Air Zone

In order to apply for a new Private Hire Vehicle licence , you must complete the online application form.

You must upload the V5 registration certificate or sales invoice and a valid certificate of insurance (which covers the vehicle for the use of private hire).

The fee for a new Private Hire Vehicle is £255. There will also be additional test fees to pay once the vehicle has passed the compliance test.

Once the application has been submitted and received, a test slot will be booked and you  will receive a booking confirmation email.

On the day of test please ensure you arrive at the Licensing Office at least 15 minutes prior to the test. The vehicle test takes approximately one hour.


Vehicle Enquires

If you have any enquiries before purchasing a vehicle or submitting your application relating to vehicle specification, colour, age or seating arrangements, please contact the test centre directly on 0191 278 3864 or via e-mail



Licensing Office
Unit 2 Wincomblee Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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