Renewing an SPSV Licence

SPSV renewal at a glance
Type of Licence Age* Meter sealing Annual Renewal Cost* (where applicable) Late Renewal Cost* (after expiry)
Taxi See age rules Yes €150 €500
Wheelchair Accessible Taxi See age rules Yes €75 €500
Hackney See age rules No €150 €500
Wheelchair Accessible Hackney See age rules No €75 €500
Limousine None No €150 €500
Local Area Hackney Under 10 years No €150 €500

* Age and Renewal period and costs vary with licence type and previous licence history – see your current vehicle licence certificate for details

Applicant Requirements:

SPSV vehicle licence renewals are granted only to people:

  1. Whose tax affairs are up to date


There are three steps in renewing an SPSV licence:

Step 1 – Licence Expiry
If your vehicle licence expires, you may, within 12 months of its expiry date, apply to have it replaced. It is not possible to replace any vehicle licence that has expired for more than 12 months.
Exception: a local area hackney licence cannot be renewed or replaced after three years from its original first issue date.


Step 2 – Required Documentation
Make sure that you have all the following required documentation before you book the vehicle’s Licence Renewal Assessment:
Original certificate of insurance in the name of the prospective licence holder
NCT certificate issued within 90 days of the date of your inspection appointment

If your vehicle has been modified since its last inspection, you will need to obtain a Technical Assessor’s Basic Report, and bring a copy with you to leave at the Licence Renewal Assessment.


Step 3 – Booking you Assessment
Book your Licence Renewal Assessment by calling 0761 064 000. The appointment may be made only by the licence holder. Security questions will be asked to confirm the caller’s identity.


Inspections can be rescheduled or cancelled for free at any time prior to the last working day before the inspection. On the last working day before the inspection they can be rescheduled or cancelled for a fee of €30. It is not possible to cancel or reschedule on the day of the inspection. If you fail to arrive for your scheduled appointment you will lose 100% of the booking fee. 

It is a criminal offence to operate without a current spsv vehicle licence. A conviction for this offence attracts a penalty of up to €5,000.