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Changing your Taxi Vehicle

To assist owners who wish to be able to change vehicle part way through the licence period, they will be able to transfer the unexpired portion of the existing licence from one vehicle to another, however, the new vehicle must continue to be tested in accordance with the Policy. Once all the correct documentation has been received, the application will be processed in a timely fashion.

Step 1 - Application Form

You need to complete an application form and send it to the Council accompanied by the following documentation:

  • your current insurance including the name of the driver and the appropriate usage cover
  • the current vehicle licence fee
  • the vehicle's V5 (log book) stating your name and address (or the company's name and address if operating as part of a business)

Change of Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application Form (44.8KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.
Change of Private Hire Vehicle Application Form (44.1KB) This document is a PDF file and will open in a new window. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Step 2 - Vehicle Test

You will need to book an appointment for the vehicle to be tested at the Council's nominated garage;

North Hertfordshire Homes
Blackhorse Lane
Letchworth Garden City
Telephone: 01462 474716

There is a non-refundable fee for the test which is set by North Hertfordshire Home. A further fee is payable if your vehicle fails and has to be re-tested. Once your vehicle has obtained the following documentation from the nominated garage:

  • MOT pass certificate (if over 1 year old)
  • Engineer's Report pass certificate
  • Emission Test pass certificate

send the original documentation to the Council  Alternatively, the original documentation can be taken to the Customer Service Centre in Letchworth Garden City   Please be aware that the Customer Service Centre can get very busy and that you will be seen chronological order.

Step 3 - The Licence

Once all the relevant paperwork has been received and the vehicle meets the Council’s requirements, a licence will be issued for the new vehicle for the duration of the existing licence. Additionally, a vehicle licence plate will be issued which must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle, in accordance with Council Policy, at all times. The licence can either be collected from the Customer Service Centre or despatched by post.

If you have any questions, please contact Licensing & Enforcement via e-mail at or on 01462 474000.