Vehicle licences for taxis or private hire vehicles

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Inside London

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHV) in London must be inspected and licensed by Transport for London (TfL).

Vehicle licences for London taxis


Your taxi must be inspected by TfL to get your vehicle licence.


You must meet the eligibility criteria set by TfL for your vehicle.

Vehicle licences for private hire vehicles


If you want to use a vehicle for private hire work, you’ll need to have it licensed by TfL.


Your PHV must:

  • have no more than 8 passenger seats
  • not look like a licensed taxi, eg London-style ‘black cab’
  • only display advertising that complies with TfL guidelines
  • display licence discs - although exemptions are sometimes granted

Get your vehicle inspected

Your vehicle will need to be inspected by TfL.