Vehicle licences

Read Newport City Council's Hackney Carriage and Private Hire policy (pdf) before applying for a licence.

Any vehicle licensed as a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle must be suitable to transport members of the public and must comply with the vehicle specifications set in council policies.

Euro standard vehicle requirements

  • applications for new and transferred hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licences will only be granted for vehicles that meet Euro 5 standard 
  • existing vehicle licence holders, i.e. a proprietor who held a current licence before the introduction of the policy and who has continued to renew this licence, may change the vehicle on that licence if it meets minimum Euro 4 standards

Vehicle licences granted after the introduction of the policy will only be granted to replace vehicles that meet Euro 5 standard.

Euro standards
 Euro standard          When introduced
 Euro 2     January 1996
 Euro 3     1 January 2000 until 31 December 2004
 Euro 4     1 January 2005 until 31 August 2009
 Euro 5     1 September 2009 until 31 August 2014
 Euro 6     1 September 2014


Some vehicle manufacturers introduced the Euro standards to their vehicles before the dates above so it is possible, for example, that a vehicle could be rated as a Euro 5 before 1 September 2009 depending on the make and model. 

Download the Hackney carriage vehicle conditions (pdf)

Download the Private hire vehicle conditions (pdf)

View current licensing fees which vary according to the age of the vehicle.

New vehicle licence applications

When you submit an application you will receive an email with a receipt number.

You will need to contact one of the council approved testing stations, book the vehicle in with them for testing and provide them your receipt number.

There is an additional charge for this, payable to the garage on the day of testing (prices vary). 

Once the vehicle has passed the test the plate will be ready to collect from the Information Station, Queensway, Newport NP20 4AX, on the next working day after 3.30pm.

Apply for a new Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

(You will need a valid credit or debit card) 

Apply for a new Private Hire vehicle licence

(You will need a valid credit or debit card) 

Vehicle licence renewals

If you have an existing vehicle licence you should receive a renewal letter at least two weeks before your licence expires.

The renewal letter has a unique reference number to use when you apply to renew your licence online. 

If you have not received your renewal pack please email

Your application will be delayed if we do not receive a completed application before the time and date of the vehicle test or if the incorrect payment has been received.  

Apply to renew a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

You will need your unique reference number and a valid credit or debit card.

Apply to renew a Private Hire vehicle licence

You will need your unique reference number and a valid credit or debit card.

Make a vehicle licence six month instalment payment

You will need a valid credit or debit card.  

The vehicle will also need to be tested at a council approved testing station.

Further information

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