Licensing a New Private Hire or Hackney Carriage vehicle (including renewals and interim tests)

What is this for?

PLEASE NOTE - The updated Doncaster Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy is now in effect. Please view the policy using the link below:

Any questions you may have relating to the new changes please email - 

The process of renewing a licence for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle, or, booking an interim test (4 month / 6 month).

Age of Vehicle

Test Frequency

Less than 4 years


Over 4 years but less than 7 years

Every 6 Months

Over 7 years

Every 4 months

What is it going to cost?

The cost for licence renewals is broken down as follows:

  • Test, licence and vehicle plates £283.00
  • Front Bracket (optional) £7.20
  • Rear Bracket (optional) £14.50
  • Postage (optional) £4.20
  • Vehicle Retest (If required): £33.00
  • The cost of Interim tests: £72.00

Appointments can be cancelled by email up to 48 hours before the appointment without incurring any costs. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made with less than 48 hours’ notice, failing to attend or any other action on your part which prevents the appointment taking place.

What we need from you

You must ensure the vehicle you are applying to licence meets all the requirements of the Councils Licensing Policy.

NEW - A Basic Disclosure Certificate which is less that one month old, will be required for each individual/director/partner applying for a vehicle proprietor's licence (it is recognised that a licensed driver will already be subject to disclosure and barring service checks, therefore will not be required to produce this document).

Where you have spent 3 continuous months outside of the UK, it's a requirement to provide a 'certificate of good character' from the appropriate embassy(s).

You should take your vehicle documents with you to the testing station.

For renewals you will be required to upload copies of your vehicle insurance and log book after the test.

What you should expect from us

You will be offered a number of appointment times to attend a test at North Bridge testing station. If your vehicle fails its test, you will be advised by the testing officer and will receive information by email on how to book a retest appointment.

If your vehicle passes the test we will send you a link by email which will allow you to complete the application process online (renewals).

Where the vehicle passes the interim test, the ‘window sticker’ will be posted out to the proprietor’s home address.


Plates will not be printed on the same day of test, plates will only be printed on WEDNESDAY’S and FRIDAY’s, to clarify:

Vehicle day of test – Friday, Monday, Tuesday – PLATES PRINTED WEDNESDAY
Vehicle day of test – Wednesday, Thursday – PLATES PRINTED FRIDAY

Complete applications received after 09:00 on Wednesday will be processed the following Friday
Complete applications received after 09:00 on Friday will be process the following Wednesday

Please note that any issue with your paperwork will result in delays, if you feel you need to submit further documentation to assist your application please email - 

More information

Remember once licensed, a vehicle can only be driven by a Doncaster-licensed driver.

Guidance and advice on face coverings - PLEASE READ

Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy

Licensing Homepage

Please be aware that paper based applications and telephone requests will no longer be available if you are trying to book an appointment.

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Last updated: 05 July 2023 12:25:29