Vehicle licence renewals

Coronavirus Covid-19: update 27 April 2020

The six month MOT extension does not relate to Private Hire and Hackney Carriage vehicle compliance tests, these vehicles are still required to undertake the council compliance test. 

The approved testing station Manic Mechanics will recommence vehicle inspections from Monday 4 May 2020 and can now be contacted to arrange the inspection. Auto Refinishing remains the only other approved testing station at the moment.  

If you have an existing vehicle licence you should receive a renewal letter at least two weeks before your licence expires.

The renewal letter has a unique reference number to use when you apply to renew your licence online. 

Please email if you have not received your renewal pack.

Your application will be delayed if we do not receive a completed application before the time and date of the vehicle test or if the incorrect payment has been received. 

To make sure the vehicle is always licenced it is important that you submit the application in good time and have the vehicle tested before the vehicle licence expires. 

As the Information Station is closed every Wednesday, licences for vehicles that pass at the testing station on a Tuesday will be released on Thursday after 9am. 

You will not be able to pay for renewal of your vehicle licence online, the fee will automatically be deferred until 1 August 2020 and we will contact you to make payment.

If you would rather pay and not defer the fee, please email 

Apply to renew a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

You will need your unique reference number and a valid credit or debit card.

Apply to renew a Private Hire vehicle licence

You will need your unique reference number and a valid credit or debit card.

Make a vehicle licence six month instalment payment

You will need a valid credit or debit card.  

The vehicle will also need to be tested at a council approved testing station.