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If you sell your taxi and licence to someone else, you must tell us within 14 days of the transfer.

It is an offence not to tell us and the licence number will belong to us. You can't separate the licence or vehicle, or transfer them on their own.

The current licence holder must notify us that they wish to transfer the licence.

The new owner must also notify us that they wish to transfer the licence into their name, and any other person with a proprietary interest.

Although the current licence holder may have agreed to sell the vehicle, the new owner will still need to meet our policy requirements and conditions.

We have the right to refuse to grant a licence based on our licensing policy. We can refer the matter to the Regulatory Committee, if appropriate.

Notify us

The current licence holder must notify us that they wish to transfer the licence.

What happens next

Once we receive your application, we will:

  • acknowledge it within three days
  • notify you of our decision
  • issue the licence to the new owner

The new owner must also notify us about a transfer of a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence. They must:

Supporting documents

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

  • proof of a completed basic DBS check (unless already provided)
  • mechanical inspection certificate
  • your registration document or bill of sale (or the signed counterfoil if waiting for this from DVLA)
  • your vehicle's insurance certificate (unless the vehicle is not currently in use)

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
  • issue the licence to the new owner

The new owner must pay a fee of £47 to transfer a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licence.

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 transfer)
  • 2083-10463 (for a private hire vehicle transfer)

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Last updated: 21 September 2022