Chelmsford City Council

Replacing a licensed vehicle

Notify us

If you replace your taxi or private hire vehicle, for example due to accidental damage or major repairs, you need to tell us.

A replacement taxi or private hire vehicle must meet the pre-licensing criteria, and must also:

  • be less than six years old
  • be black in colour (taxi)
  • be wheelchair accessible, if the original vehicle requires to be (taxis numbered 77 onwards)
  • meet Euro 6 emission standards

To notify us about a replacement hackney carriage or private hire vehicle, you must:


Supporting documents

For this licence, the supporting documents you will need are:

  • your registration document or bill of sale 
  • your vehicle's insurance certificate 
  • MOT certificate
  • your current insurance certificate
  • your mechanical inspection certificate

You can submit the supporting documents to us within the online application form.


What happens next

Once we receive your application, we will:

  • acknowledge it within three days
  • check that your application and supporting documents are correct
  • notify you of our decision

The fee to notify us about a replacement hackney carriage or private hire vehicle is £108. 

You can pay by phone or bank transfer. 

We don't store your payment details when you contact us to make a payment. You will need to have your card details available each time you contact us to make a payment.


By phone

You can pay the fee by calling our Licensing team on 01245 606606.


By bank transfer

You can pay by bank transfer. Our bank details are:

  • Account name: Chelmsford City Council
  • Sort code: 60-05-13
  • Account number: 55600018

You need to include the cost code as the reference when you pay by bank transfer.

The cost codes are:

  • 2083-10462 (for a hackney carriage replacement)
  • 2083-10463 (for a private hire vehicle replacement)

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Last updated: 16 August 2021

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