Apply for a hackney carriage or private hire licence

Important notice

Due to in house services currently being closed to the public, there is a delay on all new driver applications.

If you wish to be added to the waiting list for the Knowledge/English tests, please email

We are responsible for the licensing of all Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles and their drivers in the Borough of Swindon.

Licensing is in three parts covering the:

  • Hackney Carriage or Private Hire drivers licence
  • Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle licence
  • Private Hire operator’s licence

Licenced vehicles can only be driven by persons holding the correct Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Driver's Licence. It is recommended that the Driver's Licence' is obtained first before the Vehicle Licence.

If you wish to become a licenced individual or company with Swindon Borough Council, to carry out the work of either Hackney Carriage or Private Hire, contact us by email at:

Application forms

Use the relevant form below to apply for the licence you require: 

Licence fees

  • New driver licence - £100
  • New vehicle licence -  £220
  • Operator’s licence for 1-9 vehicles -  £350 for one year or £1,750 for five years
  • Operator’s licence for 10-19 vehicles -  £400 for one year or £2,000 for five years
  • Operator’s Licence for 20+ vehicles - £450 for one year or £2,250 for five years

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licence renewals

If you wish to renew a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire licence, see the following pages for further details.

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