Private hire operators

COVID 19 update: The latest information and advice relating to licensed drivers, proprietors and operators can be found here:

All private hire vehicles must be pre-booked with a private hire operator. The contract for the hire of the vehicle is between the customer and the operator. No person or company may accept private hire bookings without first obtaining a private hire operator licence.


  • New application (5 years) - £435 (minimum £50 to be paid at time of application)
  • New application (1 year) - £140 (minimum £50 to be paid at time of application)
  • Renewal application (5 years) - £415
  • Renewal application (1 year) - £120
  • Amendment to an application - no charge

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Download and return the appropriate application form to

Applicants must also produce a basic criminal record check obtained via (unless the applicant already holds a relevant licence with Hambleton).

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You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Please select 'Licensing' from the left-hand side:

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