Guide

Setting up and running a taxi service

Grant of taxi operator licence fees

Once your application for a taxi operator licence is approved you must pay the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) a grant of licence fee within 28 days. This comprises a fixed fee that depends on the operator’s size and a fee per vehicle in the operator’s fleet.

The fixed fee for a small operator licence (one or two cars) is:

  • 1 year, £15
  • 3 years, £45
  • 5 years, £75

The fixed fee for a large operator licence (three or more cars) is:

  • 1 year, £40
  • 3 years, £220
  • 5 years, £360

The licence fee per vehicle for the first 25 taxis in your business is:

  • 1 year, £40 per vehicle
  • 3 years, £120 per vehicle 
  • 5 years, £200 per vehicle

Where you have more than 25 taxis in your fleet, the licence fee for the additional vehicles is:

  • 1 year, £10 per vehicle 
  • 3 years, £12 per vehicle
  • 5 years, £20 per vehicle