Licensed private hire vehicles must only be driven by a licensed private hire driver. The vehicle cannot be driven by anyone who does not hold the relevant licence, even if the vehicle is not for hire (for example, partners driving for social and domestic purposes).

A private hire vehicle is allowed to carry passengers for hire and reward when booked with a licensed private hire operator.

These vehicles cannot:

  • ply for hire
  • be hailed by a prospective passenger
  • work from a rank

Vehicle specifications and conditions

The vehicle

You'll need to make sure that the vehicle you want to license fulfils the requirements of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy. In particular you will need to look at:

It's your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle meets our requirements. All vehicles are inspected before a licence or plate will be issued. We cannot licence a vehicle until our requirements are met. We will not issue refunds as a result of vehicles being un-licensable.

Vehicle inspection

Once your vehicle meets our requirements, you'll need to have it inspected by one of Medway Council’s Approved Garages.

When you go to the inspection at the garage you must take the following documentation:

  • a current insurance certificate for the vehicle with the appropriate type of cover
  • the V5C registration document with the applicant's details as the owner (or the V5C/2 slip and an alternative proof of ownership until the V5C is available)

Vehicle licence application and renewal

Once you've completed all the above steps you can then apply for, or renew, a vehicle licence. You'll need to make a plating appointment and take the vehicle when you go. The inspection sheet completed by the garage will be checked and, if necessary the vehicle checked.

If the inspection meets the council’s criteria, a vehicle licence plate will be issued.

Book a plating appointment

Please phone Customer Contact on 01634 337 108. You'll need a credit or debit card to make your payment. You'll need to provide the following information:

Vehicle licence renewal

  • full name
  • contact phone number
  • existing plate number
  • date of first registration
  • MOT expiry date
  • your card payment details

New vehicle licence

  • full name
  • contact phone number
  • date of first registration
  • vehicle make
  • vehicle model
  • vehicle registration
  • vehicle colour
  • number of passengers
  • MOT expiry date
  • your card payment details

For more information email

Transfer a Hackney Carriage or private hire vehicle licence

See taxi fees.