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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

You can get the DBS application form from the licensing team and the DBS Privacy Policy can be viewed on the DBS website at

A new applicant or current licence holder need not necessarily have been convicted or cautioned in respect of a criminal offence for his/her behaviour to be taken into account in deciding whether the 'fit and proper' test has been satisified.

Furthermore, the fact that an applicant or current licence holder does have a criminal conviction does not necessarily mean that he/she is not a 'fit and proper person to hold a licence.

In all cases the overriding consideration will be the protection and wellbeing of the public.

Each case will be decided on it's own merits.

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 if you have any further queries.

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01753 875664
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