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Transfer an existing vehicle licence

If you buy a vehicle that is already licensed as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle then you can apply to have the vehicle’s licence transferred into your name. You must do this before you use it as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

To find out about the vehicle and signage specifications for a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle, and about licence conditions, please see our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy.

To transfer a licence:

  1. Download and complete a vehicle licence transfer application form  – this must be signed by both the applicant and the previous licence holder.
  2. Call us on 01235 422556 to book an appointment to have your application and documents checked by a licensing officer.
  3. The appointment will take place at our office 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, OX14 4SB. Please ensure you bring your completed application form, along with your:
  • V5C vehicle registration document. If you don’t have the V5C (for example if you’ve just bought the vehicle) then you should produce the new keeper’s slip and the receipt/bill of sale. If the V5C is in the name of another person or a hire/leasing company, we will need a copy of the lease/hire agreement and written confirmation that they give approval for the vehicle to be licensed.
  • current insurance certificate, or cover note for at least third-party cover and showing the appropriate cover for hire and reward for either public hire (hackney carriage) or private hire use.
  • current certificate of compliance – brand new registered vehicles with fewer than 1,500 miles on the odometer will not be required to have a full compliance certificate test but will require a check on the meter (if fitted) and the tariff card.
  • licence fee.

For details on how we use data relating to licence holders and applicants, please see our privacy notice for licence holders and applicants.

Contact us - Licensing

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01235 422556
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

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Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB