To licence a new vehicle with Kirklees Council, you must first ensure that your vehicle:

  • meets the Kirklees Council Vehicle Specification
  • complies with the emission standards for newly licensed vehicles:
    • Euro 5 standard for petrol vehicles
    • Euro 6 standard for diesel vehicles.
  • New private hire vehicles cannot be white in colour

Once you have confirmed your vehicle meets these standards, you must have your vehicle compliance tested at a Kirklees Council garage.

Vehicle age limits

  • Vehicles that do not meet the Euro 5 standard for petrol or Euro 6 standard for diesel can be licenced to the maximum age of 10 years, from the date of first registration.
  • Vehicles that meet the Euro 5 standard for petrol or Euro 6 standard for diesel can be licensed to the maximum age of 13 years, from the date of first registration.
  • Wheelchair accessible or ultra-low emission vehicles (vehicles that emits 75g/km CO2 or less) can be licensed to the maximum age of 16 years, from the date of first registration.
  • Fully Electric vehicles can be licensed to the maximum age of 20 years, from the date of first registration.

All vehicles are required to have a vehicle compliance test prior to the issue of the first licence and one annually prior to the vehicle renewal for the duration of that vehicle licence. Vehicles can be subject to up to 3 vehicle compliance tests per year for safety and condition reasons when required.

Make an appointment to have your vehicle compliance tested at a Kirklees Council garage

  • Phone 01484 221000 - ask for Transport and select the option to book a taxi test

How to apply

Fill in our online form

Clock Completing this form takes around 15 minutes

To complete this form you will need:

  • A completed garage certificate
  • A certificate of insurance, cover note or schedule for fleet policies
  • A V5 Certificate (log book) in the name of the vehicle licence holder
  • An operator letter confirming that you and your vehicle work through them
  • An IVA certificate for modified vehicles
  • Am autolign certificate if your vehicle has been declared a CAT S total insurance loss
  • A debit or credit card to pay the £238.35 fee. This includes the garage test fee

Apply online

After you have applied

The licensing service will contact you to arrange a time for you to collect your documentation and new vehicle signage.

Conditions

Contact Licensing

  • Kirklees Council
  • Address Licensing Service, PO Box 1720, Huddersfield, HD1 9EL
  • Phone 01484 456868
  • Email
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