Vehicle inspections

Drivers of licensed vehicles must have them inspected before their current MOT certificate expires. If a vehicle passes its inspection, the licence will be issued to expire on the same day as the MOT, not on the last day of the month of inspection.

The driver must then phone the Licensing Unit to make an appointment to hand in his or her garage documentation and collect the plate. Drivers will need to bring their old external and internal plates with them or their new plates will not be released. Payment for licences must be by cheque on collection of the plate or by debit or credit card at the time of making the appointment.

Vehicles must be presented for inspection and the paperwork received in the Licensing Unit by the due date. Failure to do so will result in the vehicle licence being suspended and drivers in this position will not be able to use their vehicles for hire and reward.

Vehicle compliance checks and approved vehicle checks

An appointment must be made with an Enforcement Officer. There is a taxi parking space in the loading bay area specifically for this purpose that will be monitored by our security staff. Drivers must not park in this area for any other purpose unless directed by a licensing enforcement officer.

Driver licence renewals

Applications must be sent by post to the address below. There are no facilities for submitting applications in person, so application and original identification should be sent by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. The Licensing Unit will ensure these are returned to drivers by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. The application process cannot be done electronically due to an increased risk of fraud, especially identity theft.

If an application is incomplete, it will not be accepted and will be returned, so applications should be made in plenty of time. A completed and correct application must be received before the expiry of an existing licence. An expired licence cannot be renewed. Drivers who fail to renew their licences will not be able to drive for hire and reward and will be committing an offence if they are found to be doing so.

Reminder letters

Please note, while the Licensing Unit sends reminder letters for the renewal of licences and inspections, it is not required to do so. It is a driver's responsibility to ensure that he or she submits applications or vehicles by the due date. The Licensing Unit will not be held responsible if they fail to do so.


For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: 01634 337 108 or by emailing

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR