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Taxis and private hire


On this page you will find information you require to either renew or apply for a taxi, vehicle or operator licence. We have a statutory duty to licence all:

  • Hackney carriages
  • Private hire vehicles
  • Operators
  • Drivers

These powers are granted under two acts. The Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions Act) 1976.

If you are or are planning to be a taxi driver, you should read through our Licensing Policy. This will give you information on what you can and can't do, and what you're entitled to as a driver.

We check all drivers are medically fit, have a thorough knowledge of Maidstone and are fit enough to hold a licence. We also check all licensed vehicles on a regular basis to make sure they are safe. All licensed vehicles have a licence plate which must be fixed to the back and drivers are given a photographic ID card which must be worn at all times while driving.

Apply for a new licence

You will need to download:

Before applying for a licence, you must read our Taxi Licensing Policy.

Apply for a new licence

How long does the licence last

New licences ares issued for three years. We can issue a yearly badge in the first year of applying if requested. Yearly licences can also be granted on medical grounds.

Renew your taxi licence

You will need to download:

You can apply online using our online applications form.

Renew your taxi licence

Once you're ready to make your application please call us on 01622 602028 and we'll book in a convenient time for you to meet an officer.

How long does the licence last

Renewed licences are issued for three years.

Apply for a vehicle licence

Before applying for a licence, you must read our Taxi Licensing Policy and Our licence fees.

You will also need to supply your:

  • Vehicle registration document/log book (V5C)
  • Insurance certificate
  • Your insurance must allow you to apply for either a taxi driver or private hire operator licence

Your vehicle will need to be booked in for a compliance test. To book this, contact the Licensing Partnership on 01732 227004.

Apply for a vehicle licence

How long does the licence last

New licences are issued for one year, and are renewed yearly.

Apply for a private hire operator licence

If you want to provide pre-booked work for example airport transfers, hen/stag nights etc, you will need a private hire operator licence.

If you are planning to run the business from home, you may also need to apply for planning permission. For more information about planning, visit our Planning for Business pages.

Before applying for a licence, you must read our Taxi Licensing Policy.

Apply Online

Before making your application you may need to download The Disclosure and Barring Update Service (DBS) & ID Checklist.

If you already hold a current taxi driver licence you can make the application without this.

How long does the licence last

New licences are issued for one year and are renewed yearly.

Apply for a private hire licence

Other ways of applying

Apply by post

You'll need to download our guidance notes to drivers and fill in the private hire, hackney carriage or dual driver licence application form and send it to:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP
Apply in person

Please call 01622 602028 to book an appointment to see one of our Licensing Officers in The Mall in King Street. They'll also be able to answer any queries that you may have about your application.

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