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Find out about taxi licensing

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We are responsible for ensuring that drivers and operators meet the conditions and standards to hold taxi-related licences within Guildford. Hackney Carriages (taxicabs) may be hailed, hired from a taxi rank or pre-booked. Private hire vehicles may only be booked in advance through a licensed private hire operator. Private hire operators are those working to book vehicles in advance. 

Apply for or renew a Hackney Carriage driver's licence

A Hackney Carriage (Taxi) can be flagged down or hired immediately without pre-booking.

Apply for or renew a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

A Taxi can be flagged down or hired immediately without pre-booking. Both the vehicle and the driver need a licence.

Apply for a private hire operator licence

You need a private hire operator's licence for any pre-booked work such as airport transfers or hen or stag nights.

Apply for or renew a private hire driver licence

Private hire taxis must be pre-booked. Journeys can start or end anywhere, they do not have to be inside the borough.

Apply for or renew a private hire vehicle licence

Private hire taxis must be pre-booked. Journeys can start or end anywhere, they do not have to be inside the borough.