Can I get a permit for my company van or commercial vehicle?
Yes. We can issue vans and commercial vehicles with a permit if you own the vehicle or this is the only vehicle at the property.
If the vehicle is needed for regular emergency call-outs outside of normal working hours, it may qualify for a permit. You will need a letter from your line manager confirming the nature of these call-outs and the vehicle make, model and registration number. You will need to provide three months of time-sheets showing the date, time, address and the reason the vehicle has been called out in an emergency.
Only vehicles with a gross weight less than 3,501kg can qualify for a permit, even if the vehicle is registered to you at your address
Apply online here.
Can I get a permit for a lease/company car or taxi/private hire?
Yes. You can get a permit for a lease vehicle, company car or taxi/private hire. You will need to provide a copy of the lease, or a letter from the company on headed paper showing:
- the driver’s name
- vehicle registration number
- lease period (for lease vehicles and taxis/private hires)
You will also need to provide proof of your address.
Apply online and upload the lease agreement or company letter as proof of vehicle. Individual lease agreements for finance purposes will not be accepted.
Can I get a permit for a courtesy car?
Yes. If you have a courtesy car from a garage or your insurer because of an accident or repair please complete the change of vehicle form and select courtesy vehicle.
You will need to provide a copy or evidence of the hire agreement and we aim to update any changes the same day (Mon-Fri) if received by 1pm. There is no charge for this and we will change the permit details and give you a temporary permit (max 28 days).
When your original vehicle has been repaired, you will need to either call us on 023 9268 8310 (Mon-Fri 9am- 4pm) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so we change the details back.
If your car is written off and you replace the vehicle, the process is the same as changing your vehicle. This will cost £10.
Can I have more than one registration number on a permit?
If you have access to more than one vehicle please contact us on 023 9268 8310 for more details. An additional charge will apply.
I share a car with someone who lives outside the zone, and they are the registered keeper, can I still get a permit?
Yes, but only if all of the following apply:
- the car is registered in a permit zone in Portsmouth
- both the registered keeper and the sharer confirm the vehicle is being shared on a regular basis
- the sharer proves they are living in a different zone
- the insurance document confirms both the registered keeper, and the sharer are insured to drive the car
- evidence is produced to show the insurance company has been informed that the car is shared between the residents of two different addresses.
Can a foreign registered vehicle have a resident permit?
No, unless the vehicle is in the process of being reregistered in the UK, where it will be issued with a new registration number and document by the DVLA. This will confirm it is registered to you at an address within the zone.
We will need to see evidence that you have started the re-registering process with the DVLA for a permit to be temporarily authorised and you will need to provide a copy of the new vehicle registration document when you receive it, so the registration on the permit can be updated.