Private hire vehicle licences

Information on applying for a private hire vehicle licence

Private hire vehicles may only be pre-booked, and may not be hailed in the street or stand or ply for hire in any circumstances. Their fares are not regulated by the borough council, and must be the subject of agreement between passenger and driver before a journey commences.

They may only be driven by the holder of a private hire driver's licence issued by the borough council, regardless of whether or not the vehicle is hired or available for hire.

The forms for a new vehicle licence, change of vehicle on an existing licence, transfer of licence and for notification of the change of address of an existing licence holder, together with the policy and conditions for such licences can be found below. You are strongly advised to seek the advice of the licensing team before purchasing any vehicle to be licensed for private hire. Please note that as a matter of law, licences are granted for a period of up to 12 months.

The vehicle also has a white and green licence plate on the rear, the details of which are reproduced on a sticker in the windscreen. No Eastleigh licensed private hire vehicle may have a roof sign of any description. An Eastleigh licensed private hire vehicle may never be driven by anyone who does not hold an Eastleigh private hire driver's licence, whether or not the vehicle is being used for a licensable activity. The private hire plate may only be removed from the vehicle by an authorised officer.

General Data Protection

Please note that the licensing authority may be required by law to disclose to the appropriate authorities, from time to time, further information relating to applications and licences for the purposes of law enforcement and the prevention of fraud.

All new vehicles to be licensed need to be presented to the workshop at Hedge End Depot to undergo a mechanical inspection check. To book an appointment please visit their webpage. A fee for this service is payable to the workshop.

To submit a fully completed application form, please call the team to book an appointment on 023 8068 8109.

You will need to produce the following for examination at the time of the  appointment:

  • V5C - Vehicle registration document or bill of sale (V5C to be produced when in possession)
  • Current vehicle insurance certificate showing cover for "public hire and reward" with named driver on the certificate
  • Current vehicle mechanical inspection certificate completed by the workshop at Hedge End Depot
  • The licence fee is £180.00 (payable by debit/credit card only)

Licensing Team

Members of the licensing team are normally available at Hedge End Depot on weekdays from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00. To submit any applications an appointment must be made before attending the office.