Licences and permits applications

Taxi examination centre


If you have applied, we will contact you with an appointment letter which will confirm the date and time for when you should present your vehicle for inspection. The test booking can only be changed if there are exceptional reasons provided.

You should not present the vehicle for examination if you are:

  • self-isolating.
  • experiencing covid-19 symptoms.

Before the inspection

  • please ensure you have submitted your renewal licence application
  • paid the correct fee.
  • your application and fee should be submitted at least 7 days prior to your test date to avoid any delays in issuing the plates and compliance certificate.

Prepare your vehicle

You must prepare your vehicle for inspection:

  • ensure the underside and engine bay are free from road dirt, excess oil and grease.
  • prepare the engine for a smoke and emissions test. 
  • your vehicle must comply with all current licensing conditions as set out by the City of Edinburgh Council.

We will not take any responsibility for engine damage.

At the centre

On arrival at the Taxi Examination Centre please proceed to the reception area counter and use the sanitising wipes provided to wipe down your vehicle key and present it together with your V5 document and certificate of insurance to a member of staff.  After checking, your V5 and insurance document will be returned to you. Your key will be passed to the vehicle examiner conducting the inspection.

The staff member collecting your vehicle will be wearing disposable gloves and will place a disposable cover onto your driving seat. 

The insepction will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Whilst being conducted, please wait in the designated waiting area, ensuring you keep a minimum of 1 metre distance from others at all times.  Where this is not possible, please wear a face covering. Toilets are available for public use and can be accessed from the waiting area.

After the Inspection

Once the inspection is complete a member of staff will call your name and plate number and return your keys.  You will be notified of the result of the inspection at this point.  If you vehicle has passed, you will be asked to remove the old plates from the vehicle, wipe them down using the sanitising wipes provided and return them to the member of staff so you can collect the replacement plate and compliance certificate.

Please note there are no tools availble for removing plates at the taxi examination centre.

Vehicle retest process

We are only accepting online or electronic forms and payments.

To request a retest for your vehicle, you must complete a Miscellaneous request form and make payment using our online submission form

Once we have the necessary information, a test will be booked and you will receive an email with a confirmation of date & time of your retest.