Private Hire Car Vehicle Licences

West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for private hire cars (PHC). The Council does not restrict the numbers of private hire cars which can be licensed.

Guidance for assisting people with sight loss - taxis and PHCs

Wearing Of Face Coverings In Taxi And Private Hire Cars Mandatory From 22 June 2020


The current health crisis has had a significant impact on the processing of licensing applications testing of vehicles and medical assessments.

Vehicle testing for renewal and replacement applications

Online renewal applications

Changes in relation to the issuing of MOT Certificates and Certificates of Compliance

New vehicle applications

Other hire car applications

Hire Car Driver Medicals


The Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.

What is the specification which the Council has approved for vehicles to be used as private hire cars?

Can I apply to licence a vehicle does not meet the approved specification for private hire cars?

How do I apply for the grant of a private hire car licence?

How will my application be decided?

How long will my licence be granted for?

What standard conditions will be applied if my licence is granted?

What type of advertising is permitted on hire cars?

How do I apply to replace my current licensed vehicle?

What if I want to vary any of the standard hire car conditions in relation to my vehicle

Can a private hire car licence be transferred?

What if my details change or I no longer wish to hold my licence?

How can I obtain approval to install either CCTV or a camera system on or within my private hire car? 

Complaints about private hire vehicles

Contact details for the Taxi Examination Centre