Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Fees

Driving licences

Type Fee Notes
One year private hire or joint driver licence £56.00   
Three year private hire or joint driver licence* £112.00  *Three year licence only available to new drivers (private hire) and to renewing drivers when existing DBS is due for renewal  
DBS police check £40.00  All new applications and renewal applications where applicable 
Additional driver’s licence (adding a licence before the expiry of current licence)  £25.00  
Hackney carriage knowledge test and re-test  £55.00   


Vehicle licences

Type Fee Notes
New vehicle licence (including plate) £320.00 For one year
Renewal vehicle licence (including plate)  £300.00  For one year
Transfer of vehicle licence (with or without vehicle plate)  £30.00   
Vehicle inspection £32.00  To be paid to Ashford MOT Centre at time of test. 
Duplicate compliance £11.00  Payable to Ashford MOT 


Private hire operator's licence (new or renewal)

Type Fee Notes
Up to 3 vehicles £134.00  for five years 
Up to 10 vehicles £445.00  for five years 
Up to 20 vehicles  £890.00  for five years 
Additional fee to change band during term of licence from "up to 3 vehicles" band to "up to 10 vehicles" band  £307.00   
From "up to 10 vehicles" band to "up to 20 vehicles"  £445.00   


Miscellaneous fees

Type Fee Notes
Replacement badge or paper licence £11.50   
Returned (bounced) cheques £16.50  For each cheque 
Replacement Plate (internal or external) £20.00  

Payment methods

  • Send a cheque with your application, made payable to Ashford Borough Council.
  • Use the self-service machines in reception at The Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford – these accept cash or card.
  • Call 01233 331111 and make a card payment via one of our Customer Care team.

Contact us

For further information please email the Licensing team.