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Northern Ireland - Apply for a Taxi Operator Licence

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  1. Applications to obtain a Taxi Operator Licence are processed by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA). To apply for one, you will need to complete all the required forms.
  2. A link under 'Documents to Use' section is provided which you can use to download the forms.
  3. Once completed, send the forms along with all the required documents (all original) to the Taxi Licensing Section (address provided under 'Office Locations & Contacts' section).
  4. Before you can be a licensed taxi operator, you will need to prove that you are fit and proper, or if you are applying as a company or a partnership, you will need to prove that all the individuals who make up that firm are fit and proper.
  5. If you are able to satisfy all the requirements set by Department for Infrastructure (NI) they will issue the licence.

Required Documents[edit]

  • a completed TOL1 application form
  • a completed TOL3 personal declaration form
  • the applicable application fee £140
  • evidence of planning permission (if applicable)
  • proof of identity for anyone named in the application who does not possess a driver licence or a taxi driver licence
  • Public liability insurance certificate (if applicable)
  • Employer liability insurance certificate (if applicable)
  • proof of radio frequency (if applicable)
  • VAT certificate registration or a HMRC self assessment
  • evidence to support your right to work in the UK
  • an AccessNI basic or enhanced disclosure certificate

Note: After completing your AccessNI check, if you have no criminal history, you’ll receive a digital disclosure certificate. You can view the certificate from your nidirect account. If the check shows criminal history or you asked for a paper copy, you’ll receive a printed certificate by post. To send a copy of your digital certificate to DVA, choose the share button on your nidirect account and include the address [email protected] Please note, when you share your disclosure certificate with the DVA, it is only able to see it for three days.

Important: Documents you need to submit along with the application must be originals – photocopies are not acceptable.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Driver & Vehicle Agency
Passenger Transport Licensing Division
County Hall
Castlerock Road
BT51 3HS
Phone: 028 9025 4100



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Application fee: £140

Grant of licence:

After your application to obtain a TOL is approved, you will be required to pay for the ‘Grant of Licence’. The cost is based on the type of licence, the length of licence, and the number of vehicles in your business. The tables below allow you to calculate the cost:

Small operator (one to two vehicles)

  • one year £15 + £40 (Per vehicle)
  • three years £45 + £120 (Per vehicle)
  • five years £75 + £200 (Per vehicle)

Example: small operator with two vehicles for five years would be £475.

Large operator (three or more vehicles)

  • One year:
    • Grant of Licence: £40
    • Plus - Per vehicle [1 – 25]: £40
    • Plus - Per vehicle [26 +]: £10
  • Three years:
    • Grant of Licence: £220
    • Plus - Per vehicle [1 – 25]: £120
    • Plus - Per vehicle [26 +]: £12
  • Five years:
    • Grant of Licence: £360
    • Plus - Per vehicle [1 – 25]: £200
    • Plus - Per vehicle [26 +]: £20

Example: large operator with eight vehicles for five years would be £1,960.

Example: large operator with 29 vehicles for three years would be £3,268.

The application fee is non refundable.


You can apply for a 1, 3 or 5 year Operator’s Licence.

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Taxi Operator Licences are issued by the Department for Infrastructure (NI) can grant a Taxi Operator Licence (TOL). Administration is carried out by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).

When to apply: You should apply for your TOL at least eight weeks before your operation, to allow time for the application to be processed.

Two types of operator’s licence:

  • Small operator - a maximum of two taxi vehicles available for use at any one time
  • Large operator - no restrictions on the number of taxi vehicles available for use at any one time

Note: You are not allowed to convert to a different type of operator’s licence once it is issued. Switching to another type licence will required you to send a completely new application if you are planning to reduce or expand the number of vehicles available at any one time.

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Need for the Document[edit]

All individuals providing a taxi service must either hold a TOL themselves or work for a licensed operator, who must only use properly licensed drivers and vehicles.

NOTE: A taxi operator licence (TOL) does not entitle anyone to drive a taxi vehicle. For this you need a taxi driver licence. The information below is relevant if you want to apply for a taxi operator licence as an individual, a limited company or a partnership.

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