Manchester City Council

Taxis & private hire Taxi Licensing: applications update

New, renewal and transfer applications

We have recently implemented a new licence system which has caused a few issues with the production of driver and vehicle licences, we are working hard to resolve these issues. We thank you for your patience throughout this period.

We are currently receiving an increased demand for service, listed below is information as to where we are up to with the different types of applications.

In all cases you will receive an acknowledgment from us (either an online receipt or a letter) to advise you we have received your application, however this does not mean we are dealing with it now. We will contact you once your application is being/has been processed. 

We cannot deal with enquiries about pending applications therefore please do not call us.

Have you recently submitted a:

New application:

  • Private hire/hackney carriage drivers - applications received Stage 1:13 June 2017* ; and
  • Private hire vehicles - payment requests sent for applications received 10 October 2017*.

Please note: If you have not signed up to the on-line DBS service, then this may delay your application.


  • Private hire/hackney carriage drivers – currently up to date; and
  • Private hire/hackney carriage vehicles - licences that expire from 28 November 2017.

Please note: If you have not signed up to the on-line DBS service, then this may delay your application.

Vehicles operating beyond age limit:

  • Vehicle operating beyond age – currently up to date.

Vehicle transfer:

  • Vehicle transfers - 9 November 2017.
Note *all applications must now be paid for on-line. Once your application is being processed (Step 1) you will receive a link via e-mail that takes you to the payment area, which advises you how to pay. You can no longer pay via the call centre.

There are 3 steps to applications and until Step 3 is reached applications are not fully processed.  

  • Step 1 - application added to system, we send you the payment link via the email address provided (except for driver renewals which are paid within the online renewal process);
  • Step 2 - application is then on hold until payment is made, we will receive a confirmation email once you have paid in full; and
  • Step 3 - your application can now be processed and vehicle/knowledge tests can be arranged as applicable).

Only enquire where your driver application is up to, if your application falls outside the dates above.

Thank you for your patience.

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