Private operators licence


You must have a taxi operator's licence to run a taxi firm. HDC must check an applicant’s right to work in the UK for any new applications or for the first renewal received after 1 December 2016. You must therefore provide a document from the following list as part of the application process. View the list of acceptable documents (PDF, 40KB)

Please note that if there is a restriction on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will be not be issued for any longer than this period.

Please return the application form and the Right to Licence declaration form to us. Applicants must present the Right to Licence declaration in person at The Symington Building so that we can check their identity.

Apply for a licence to run a taxi firm (ODT, 9KB).

Complete a Right to Licence declaration form (DOCX, 25KB)

An operator's licence is valid for 5 years. You can find out the cost of an application on our fees and charges webpage.

Child Sexual Exploitation Training : From the 1 April  2018 new and existing drivers and operators will be required to attend mandatory training to raise awareness of this type of abuse and to give the taxi trade the tools to raise their concerns with the relevant agencies.

Existing drivers and operators must have undergone the training by 31st March 2019. Failure to complete the training may result in the suspension of the licence

New taxi drivers and operators must complete the training within three months of the licence being issued. Failure to complete the training may result in the licence being suspended.

The training event takes place at The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AG and the current dates are:

  • Thursday 06 August 2020 from 17:00 to 19:00
  • Wednesday 04 November 2020 from 17:00 to 19:00
  • Thursday 04 February 2021 from 17:00 to 19:00

To book a session please complete the online form. There will be a maximum of 20 delegates for each session and places will be booked on a first come first served basis.