New Vehicle Licence

The information on this page relates to a new vehicle plate.

Trafford Council has a policy on the age of vehicles it will license as follows:

  • Private Hire vehicles must be less than 5 years old at the time of application and the licence will not be renewed once the vehicle reaches 10 years old
  • Private Hire vehicles that are wheelchair accessible must be less than 7 years old at the time of application and the licence will not be renewed once the vehicle reaches 15 years old
  • Hackney Carriages Vehicles must be less than 7 years old at the time of application and the licence will not be renewed once the vehicle reaches 15 years old

 There are no exceptional circumstances to the age policy for new to license or replacement vehicles.

If your vehicle has been modified or has more than four passengers, you will need a Seating Configuration. You can arrange a Seating Configuration by contacting

Documents required

If you can not provide all relevant documentation your application will be rejected.

  • Log book page 1 and 2 
  • Compliance Certificate - dated within the last 6 months
  • Bill of sale 
  • Tint test - see list of nominated garages
  • HPI Check
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Insurance Schedule (Fleet owners only)
  • LOLER certificate (for wheelchair accessible vehicles)


  • The fee for a new vehicle licence is £183.00.
  • You will be sent a payment receipt reference, you need this reference to enter on the web form. 


  • Select licensing from the "all categories" drop down menu.
  • Click apply.
  • Select either New Private Hire Vehicle Licence or a New Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence.
  • Make your payment. 

Plate delivery

  • The Licensing Officer does not require the return of your old plate, destroy this.
  • You will be given a new plate number.
  • Once your application has been determined, your new vehicle licence will be sent to you via special delivery. 
  • Before you start.....
  • Contact Information
  • Name
  • Address
  • Vehicle Details
  • Is your vehicle wheelchair accessible?
  • Can your vehicle hold anthing larger than a reference wheelchair?
  • Has the vehicle been modified?
  • Is the vehicle fitted with a fare meter?
  • Is the vehicle fitted with a car phone?
  • Is the vehicle fitted with a two-way radio?
  • Document Upload
    Take care in uploading your documents. We do accept images from a mobile device, but be mindful that these documents are to be scanned to your licence record. So, they must be clear and legible for the Licensing Officer to process your application.
  • A good image can be taken by placing the document on a flat surface and taking a photograph from above, close enough to be able to read all of the necessary information. This step is crucial in having the Licensing Officer process your application in a timely manner.
  • Seating Configuration
    Vehicles over four passengers will also require a seating configuration, conducted by our Enforcement Support Officers before we accept the application. Contact the Licensing Team at so they can book the seating examination. You will need to have the full log book before we can conduct the examination.
  • Declaration
    Applicants are advised that to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement, or omit any material information from this application, is a criminal offence.
  • I/We declare that the information given in this application is true. If a Licence is granted, I/we undertake to comply with all the conditions attached to the said Licence. I/We understand that if I/we or my/our employees infringe or neglect to comply with any of the conditions, Acts or Bye-laws subject to which the Licence is held, the Licence shall be liable to be revoked or not renewed by the Council.
  • Trafford Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information, see or contact Trafford Council's Audit & Assurance Section on (0161) 912 2000.