Apply for a private hire vehicle operator’s licence

If you run a business operating private hire vehicles in the Vale of White Horse district then you will need a private hire vehicle operator’s licence.

To apply for a licence please complete the following steps:

  1. Download and complete a private hire vehicle operator’s licence application form
  2. call us on 01235 422556 to book an appointment to have your application and documents checked by a licensing officer.

The appointment will take place at our office at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, OX14 4SB. Please ensure you bring:

  • your completed application form
  • all additional documentation required, as detailed on the application form
  • the application fee – the amount depends on how many cars you wish to operate

If we did not issue your driver licence then you will be required to:

  • submit a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure with your application, and every five years after that. You can apply for this on the Government website.
  • provide proof of your right to work in the UK – to see what documents we can accept see the last two pages of the acceptable rights to work guidance.

You may also need to apply for planning permission for your business, we would recommend you speak with our Planning Department before submitting an application.

What happens next?

Once your licence has been approved, you may wish to apply for a private hire vehicle licence for each of your vehicles.

Before we issue an operator’s licence, one of our licensing officers will need to inspect the operating base that you intend to use.

This inspection will include a detailed inspection of the facilities for the public, for communication and for the keeping of records.

Officers may also carry out additional checks for relevant information held by other authorities.

Contact us - Licensing

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01235 422556
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

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Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
Milton
OX14 4SB