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Weymouth and Portland - apply for a taxi or private hire vehicle licence

Before applying you should read the licensing guidance notes which set out the requirements of applicants.

Apply for a driver's licence

You'll need to provide:

  • application form with payment of the 3 year licence fee

  • medical examination form completed by your doctor

  • Driver Safeguarding Awareness Training - Courses are available from Dorset County Council by contacting Kate Rice on 01305 225726 or by email

  • Driver Improvement Course certificate
    (contact our Approved Driving Instructor, Charles Deremaux, on 01305 778704 to make a booking)
  • documents showing proof of right to work in the UK
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check- contact us for more information
  • DVLA driving licence check code with your original photocard or old style paper driving licence
  • passport style photo to be used on a badge

You'll also be required to complete a knowledge test on the geography of the borough.
You should read the council procedures and conditions as part of the training for your test.

Complete the application form

Complete the driver's licence application form and bring it to your appointment, along with the supporting documents.

Appointment times

Contact us to make an appointment during these times:

  • Weymouth: Monday - 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
  • Dorchester: Friday - 9am to 1pm and 2pm and 4pm

Apply for a vehicle licence

The vehicle must:

  • be under 8 years old at the time of the licensing
  • have a valid MOT certificate
  • carry a fire extinguisher and first aid kit
  • be fitted with a meter set to the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council tariffs (this only applies to hackey carriages)
  • vehicle insurance

You'll need to provide:

Complete the application form

Complete the vehicle licence application form and bring it to your appointment, along with the supporting documents.

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 licence fees.

Taxi fares

View the taxi fares and charges.

Wheelchair accessible vehicles

The following taxi drivers offer wheelchair accessible vehicles:

Mr S Burt: 07791 534415

Elliot MCKeon: 07795 076239

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