Manchester City Council

Taxis & private hire Private hire operator

See which licence you need

To operate private hire vehicles in Manchester, you need a private hire operator's licence.

There are 2 different types:

  • Standard private hire operator - to operate standard private hire vehicles. A private hire vehicle should be less than 7 years old, white or silver in colour and carry a maximum of 8 passengers. The vehicle must also display yellow Council issued stickers; or
  • Non standard private hire operator - to operate stretched limousines, chauffeur driven vehicles, park and ride for private car parks, airport travel and 'novelty' vehicles which carry a maximum of 8 passengers. They can apply for exemption from the standard conditions, they must also display approved ID stickers in the front and rear windows.

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