There are temporary changes to licensing due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For general advice and guidance please visit our Coronavirus help and advice page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Licensing are experiencing a high number of applications via email, please allow 5 working days from the date you sent your application for it to be processed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Renewal of drivers licence

  1. Download and complete an application form: Licensing.
  2. Email your application form to licensing@kirklees.gov.uk.
  3. If you need to send any accompanying documents, then please scan them or take clear photographs and email them along with your application. If you are due a DBS as part of your renewal we will accept documents to conduct this check in the same way.
  4. A licensing officer will then contact you by phone to take payment and provide further information.
  5. If you are due a medical as part of your renewal, we will not be expecting you to attend your GP surgery. Instead, we will be asking you to complete a statutory declaration as to your medical fitness. Your full medical can then be completed at your next renewal, if you are on a three-year licence 12-months from the date your new licence is granted.

Renewal of vehicle licence

  1. Book and attend your vehicle test as normal.
  2. Download and complete the appropriate application form: Licensing.
  3. Email your application form to licensing@kirklees.gov.uk along with a scanned copy or photograph of your garage pass sheet and V5 Log book, and a copy of your insurance certificate.
  4. A licensing officer will then contact you by phone to take payment and provide further information.

Licences for new vehicles

We will only be processing applications for new vehicle licence where there is a genuine need for that vehicle to be licensed, and you should email the licensing service with your request and the reasons why. If it is agreed a new vehicle licence can be issued, then the following will apply:

  1. Book and attend your vehicle test.
  2. Download and complete the appropriate application form: Licensing.
  3. Email your application form to licensing@kirklees.gov.uk along with a scanned copy or photograph of your garage pass sheet and V5 Log book, Bill of Sale, and a copy of your insurance certificate.
  4. A licensing officer will then contact you by phone to take payment and provide further information.

Compliance test

At present the Council's MOT stations are open and compliance tests will continue.

Update on the status of taxi and private hire vehicles

Paul Elliott, Department for Transport Policy Adviser, Buses & Taxis Division said in his communication to councils:

Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear - people should stay at home if possible. That is the way to save lives and protect our NHS. The public should avoid travel unless absolutely essential. The only reasons to leave our houses are set out in the government guidance. Clearly if absolutely necessary to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle, best efforts should be used to follow the guidance as far as is practically possible, including washing your hands as soon as you get home. Taxi and private hire drivers should not generally be considered Critical Workers. Those undertaking Home to School transport or the transport of extremely vulnerable people may be considered Critical Workers on a case-by-case basis. Critical Workers should also whenever possible make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home; requests for children to attend school should be discussed with the school.

Future communication

As I am sure you can appreciate, during these unprecedented times, a number of services are having to make changes to how they operate; this include Kirklees Direct who handle the calls into the licensing service. As such, if you have any queries please can you avoid phoning Kirklees Direct and submit your query to the licensing service via email at licensing@kirklees.gov.uk Also, please keep visiting the licensing webpages for any updates, and the main Council website for updates on the virus and the impact on other services.