Private hire vehicle licences

You will need a licence for a vehicle to be used for private hire. We provide licences when we are satisfied that vehicles are safe and suitable for this purpose, as set out in national legislation and criteria that you can read more about on the government website.

How to apply

You'll need to arrange a vehicle test at one of our approved MOT testing facilities.

When your vehicle has been tested and passed you should bring the:

  • MOT certificate
  • a valid certificate of insurance
  • the vehicle V5 logbook

to The Licensing Duty Office in West Gate Plaza, 1 West St, Barnsley S70 2DR.

Our opening hours are 1pm to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 1pm to 4.30pm on Friday and you'll need to make an appointment if you want to speak to an officer.


The price of the vehicle licence is £164.  

The vehicle test fee is not included in this, charges may vary and are set at the discretion of the test centres.

If you change your vehicle

We can't give you a refund on your licence if you change your vehicle and you can't transfer your private hire plate to another vehicle.