Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with current Government guidance regarding the need for social distancing we are making alternative arrangements for appointments at the One Stop Shop.

If your licence (either private hire/hackney carriage drivers or vehicle) is due to expire on or before the 30th June 2020 you will need to submit a Self-certification Statement Form and email it to

Once the form has been validated by the Licensing Team an acknowledgment email will be sent to you with a temporary extension.  You must carry the confirmation document with you when working (or at least have access to the document for viewing via your mobile phone).  You must also display/wear your licence identity badges and vehicle livery dated for the licence that has been extended.  The licensing team will email your private hire operator to confirm the extension.

Processes will be agreed once the pandemic is over for you to submit applications and make payment. Please note the extension will form part of your renewal period.

Safeguarding and Disability Awareness Training for Hackney/Private Hire drivers and Operators.

Please see documents for more information

Safeguarding and disability awareness training
Letter for existing drivers

How to apply

You can find all the information needed to apply for a licence in our guide to becoming a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver.

Please ensure you read the guide before completing and returning the application form.

You will find all other relevant documents in the downloads section.

How much does it cost?

All fees and charges are detailed in the guide.

If you require any further information please contact us.

Online forms for taxi drivers

These online forms are for private hire and hackney carriage licence holders only!

Change of address notification

Declaration of conviction, formal action, intelligence or 'non conviction'

Compliment, complain or comment on a private hire driver

If you wish to compliment, complain or comment on a private hire driver please complete our online form

Licensing enquiry form

Data protection and privacy information

Bolton Council will collect and use the information you supply in this form for the purposes of a private hire driver licence. We will not share this information with anyone else unless the law allows. Further information is available on our Privacy Notices page.

Under the council’s Statement of Fitness and Suitability policy your information may be shared with other organisations. For further information see the council's Statement of Fitness and Suitability (.pdf).

Please note if your application is refused or revoked this will be included on the National Register of Taxi Licence Revocations and Refusals.