Private hire operator

Application procedure

Applicants for a private hire operator’s licence must:

  • be aged 21 or over and
  • must have the right to live and work in the UK.

If you wish to apply please email the licensing team at for an application form.

Applicants are required to have a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You can apply for a basic DBS from the government website.

Applicants must provide the following documents:

  • valid passport/proof of right to work
  • valid driving licence 
  • proof of national insurance number (e.g. P45 or P60)
  • proof of address (e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the 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 and any decision will be made in accordance with our:

Please note: A DBS disclosure certificate is valid for 28 days from the date of issue. We do not receive a copy of the DBS certificate. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the original certificate has been produced to the licensing office within the 28 days.