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You need a licence from DVA to run a taxi operation in Northern Ireland.
All taxi drivers need to work for a licensed taxi operator, or obtain their own taxi operator licence.
How to apply
Download an application form from the DVA website.
You can apply for a 1, 3, or 5 year licence.
All persons named in the form must provide:
- an Access NI Basic or Enhanced disclosure certificate issued within 3 months, unless a taxi driver’s licence has been obtained for that person in the previous 3 months
- a personal declaration form
You may be asked for:
- planning permission details for your operating premises
- a Certificate of VAT Registration or HMRC Self Assessment Return
- evidence of Public Liability Insurance where the public has access to your operating centre
- evidence of Employer’s Liability Insurance where you have employees
- proof of identity where any applicant does not have a valid driver’s or taxi driver’s licence
- your Radio Frequency Licence details
Return your completed applications form to the DVA taxi operator licensing section.
Driver and Vehicle Agency
148-158 Corporation Street
Applications will take approximately 8 weeks to process.
Fees and charges
An application fee of £140 is payable.
If your application is successful you have 28 days to complete a ‘Grant of Licence’ form giving details of all vehicles and drivers and must pay a fee, including a fixed fee and a fee for each vehicle.
The fixed fee for a small operator (1 or 2 cars) is:
- 1 year licence - £15
- 3 year licence - £45
- 5 year licence - £75
The fixed fee for a large operator (3 or more cars):
- 1 year licence - £40
- 3 year licence - £220
- 5 year licence - £360
The per vehicle fee for the first 25 vehicles in your business is:
- 1 year licence £40 per vehicle
- 3 year licence £120 per vehicle
- 5 year licence £200 per vehicle
For your business’ 26th vehicle and over, the fee is:
- 1 year licence £10 per vehicle
- 3 year licence £12 per vehicle
- 5 year licence £20 per vehicle
You will not need a taxi operator licence if you provide:
- transport solely in connection with a wedding
- courtesy transport as part of another business which is not taxiing, eg funeral undertaker
Drivers cannot work for more than 1 taxi operator at a time.