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Apply for a taxi licence

Find out how to apply for a taxi licence.

Taxis are allowed to pick up fares from the street without pre-booking. Both the taxi and the driver must have separate licences. 

Find out how to apply for a taxi driver licence.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a taxi licence, you need a valid taxi driver licence and the vehicle you want to use as a taxi must:

  • be less than 5 years old
  • a maximum of 10 years old
  • have a meter

Please note, taxis need an annual MOT from 1 year old.

Please note, the process for vehicles that are 7 years old to receive a MOT every 6 months from the date of registration has been suspended for 2 years.

Before you start

If you're interested in applying for a taxi licence, contact our Customer Services team to check availability on 0141 577 3005 or email

Taxi licence1 April 2021 to 31 March 20221 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
1 year or temporary£214£222
2 years £408£423
3 years£579£600
1 year or temporary (wheelchair accessible vehicle)£100£104
2 years£190£197
3 years£280£290

How to apply

An individual or a company/partnership may apply to licence a vehicle.

For company/partnership applications, ID must be submitted for all partners, directors and managers.

To apply, fill out the relevant application form:

Once you've completed your application, we recommend you come along to a drop-in at our Barrhead offices at 211 Main Street, Barrhead with your application and documents. We can check everything is correct and let you know if we need any more information to process your application. 

Drop-ins run on the first and third Thursday of each month between 8:45am and 12:00noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

Please email complete applications to

What happens next?

We aim to process your application as soon as possible.

Legislation allows for consideration of the application within 3 months and a decision within 6 months.

If you haven't heard from us within this time phone 0141 577 3005 or email

Last modified on 19 August 2022