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Purbeck - apply for a taxi or private hire vehicle licence

Our Licensing Policy sets out the requirements of applicants.

Apply for a driver's licence

You should read the Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licensing Procedure.

You'll need to provide:

Knowledge and suitability interview

You'll also need to attend and pass the knowledge and suitability interview. The interview is in two parts and conducted in English. 

If you are applying for a Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence, you'll only need to sit the second part of the knowledge and suitability interview.

The first part tests your knowledge of streets, locations, attractions, entertainment venues and general geography of the district. You'll need to identify the location of at least 3 popular destinations and accurately describe at least 3 routes between given locations.

The second part tests your knowledge of relevant regulations, numeracy, and character. It will also help us to assess your general suitability. You'll be required to answer a series of questions based on the Licensing Policy and Guidance.

Complete the application form

Complete the driver's licence application form and return it to us

Apply for a vehicle licence

You'll need to provide:

  • payment of the licence fee

  • the inspection report and MOT certificate from an approved garage

Vehicles can be tested at the following garages:

vehicle test garages

GarageAddressTelephone No

Purbeck Ford

Corfe Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AA

01929 552151

St Michael's Garage

Valley Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3DX

01929 480221

Wool and Bovington Motors

Dorchester Road, Wool, Dorchester, Dorset BH20 6EH

01929 462248

Contact the garage for their fees.

Complete the application form

Complete the vehicle licence application form and return it to us

Transfer a licensed vehicle 

If you sell or transfer your vehicle you need to let us know by completing the Transfer of Interest in a Licensed Vehicle application form

Apply for a licence to take bookings for private hire vehicle

You'll need to provide payment of the licence fee.

Complete the private hire operators licence application form and return it to us.

Licence fees

View the taxi and private hire licence fees

Taxi fares

View the taxi fares and charges.

Westport House opening hours


Monday to Thursday

8.45am to 4.45pm


8.45am to 4.15pm

Saturday and Sunday


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