Renfrewshire Council

Change of Vehicle for private hire car licence

How do I apply to change my vehicle?

 

An application pack with an application form and guidance notes can be downloaded under related content. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

You must apply in person at our Customer Service Centre. You can book an appointment online or over the phone.

You must answer all questions on the form. If a question is irrelevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.

What documents do I need?

 

Your application must be accompanied by:

  • a bill of sale or vehicle registration document (this must be in the name of the licenceholder or, if there is a leasing agreement in place, the lessee's name should appear);
  • a vehicle inspection pass certificate from the Council's inspection centre at Underwood Road, Paisley;
  • an MOT certificate (if the vehicle is over three years old); Guidance on private hire vehicle inspections can be found under related documents;
  • a comprehensive insurance certificate and schedule showing private hire use. This must be in the name of the licenceholder or, if there is a leasing agreement in place, the lessee; and
  • a leasing agreement (if applicable).

How much is the application fee?

 

Information on fees for all licences can be found under related articles - click on 'civic application fees'.

Please note you will have to pay a fee(s) for any new plate(s) need for your vehicle.

What criteria must be met to apply?

 

Renfrewshire Council has various polices for vehicles. The Civic Enforcement Officer can provide more detail.

The main polices affecting you when making an application are:

  • Types of vehicle to be used as a private hire car are - four-door saloon, five-door hatchback or estate vehicle with a minimum width across the back seat of 48 inches. Alternatively, a multi-persons vehicle (MPV) of a type approved by the licensing authority;
  • any colour other than white;
  • vehicles must be less than seven-years-old from the date of first registration, unless it is an MPV and wheelchair accessible. In that case the vehicle should be less than eight-years-old from the date of first registration.

How long will my application take?

 

When your application is lodged, and fee(s) paid, we aim to process your application and issue a replacement plate and stickers within 24 hours.

How do I arrange to have my vehicle inspected?

 

Before submitting your change of vehicle application, you need to arrange for your proposed vehicle to be inspected.

Inspections are now booked online. Click here to book.

After the vehicle is inspected, what do I do?

 

Once your vehicle has been inspected and has passed, you will be given an inspection pass certificate. You must bring this along with the other documents you need to apply for your change of vehicle to the Customer Service Centre.

How do I get my new plate and stickers?

 

For a new plate to be issued you must return the old one to the Customer Service Centre. If you are unable to return the old plate you must confirm in writing the reason why you are unable to do so.

There is a pro-forma form that can be completed if you are unable to return your plate. Please complete this when collecting your new plate and stickers.

Please note there is a separate fee for any new plates and/or stickers when issued.

Will a new licence be issued?

 

Once the application has been processed the licenceholder will receive a new licence in the post to reflect the change of vehicle.

How long will my licence last for?

 

The licence will expire on the same date as the existing one.

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