Private hire operator

Application procedure

Applicants for a private hire operators licence must be aged 21 or over. The following forms should be completed and returned (in person) to the licensing office with all requested documentation:

  • application form for a private hire operator's licence
  • application form for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record disclosure

Please contact the licensing office for a DBS application form.

Required documents:

  • valid passport/proof of right to work
  • driving licence (photo card and paper counterpart)
  • proof of national insurance number (e.g. P45 or P60)
  • proof of address (e.g. Utility bill / bank statement issued within last three months).

Any applicant with a conviction or caution must declare so at the time of application. The application will then be referred to the licensing manager for a decision to be made in accordance with Slough Borough Council's enforcement policy.

Please note: A DBS disclosure certificate is valid for 28 days from the date of issue. Slough Borough Council does not receive a copy of the DBS certificate and it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that the original certificate has been produced to the licensing office within the 28 days.  If the DBS disclosure certificate is not produced within 28 days, the private hire operator's licence will not be issued and a new certificate will be required.

If you would like to apply to be a private hire operator then please contact our licensing department to make an appointment or to submit your application or email licensing@slough.gov.uk if you have any further queries.